first_imgWarwickshire Police Force has launched a recruitment drive aimed atincreasing its representation of ethnic minorities and women in the force. The six-week recruitment campaign, which began in June, aims to attract 102 policeofficers by the end of March 2002, compared with 92 last year. The aim of the recruitment drive is to boost representation of ethnicminorities and women in the force, explained Julie Middleton, the force’srecruitment manager. Warwickshire Police has established community focus groups consisting ofstudents and older people from ethnic minorities, to give the force a betterunderstanding for community concerns, explained Middleton. Warwickshire Police has also appointed a minority ethnic community liaisonofficer to explain the diversity of roles available to the community. Ethnic minorities account for 2.8 per cent of the force, which WarwickshirePolice plans to raise to 3.5 per cent by 2004. Women are also severelyunder-represented, accounting for 16 per cent of police officers, compared tothe national average of 25 per cent. Middleton said, “So far, we have received 30 applications from ethnicminorities and 84 applications from women. The aim of this recruitment drive isto get Warwickshire Police to be a preferred employer for these groups.” Warwickshire Police has appointed a female police officer to address theshortage of women in the force, by offering advice and coaching to femalerecruits. The force is also trying to tackle another barrier facing female recruits –a high number of women failing the fitness test. Middleton said, “We havedecided to run coaching sessions to help women get up to the right level offitness.” www.warwickshire.police.ukBy Karen Higginbottom Previous Article Next Article Force bids to attract more women and ethnic groupsOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

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