Deputy PFCC signs up to Race at Work Charter
Chief Constable BJ Harrington and Deputy Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Jane Gardner have signed the Race at Work Charter, demonstrating how they stand united with all communities across Essex.
The race at Work Charter is a commitment to ensure that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels of Essex Police and the Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner’s office.
The charter comprises five calls to action including, but not limited to, appointing an Executive Sponsor for race, commit at board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying and, take action that supports ethnic minority career progression. These are aligned with Essex Police’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and demonstrates the Service’s determination to be an inclusive service of Policing excellence for everyone.
Jane Gardner said: “Signing the Race at Work Charter is an important step not just in continuing our drive to be an employer of choice for all communities across Essex but in specifically working to remove the barriers that ethnic minority people face in the recruitment and progression process and in making a public commitment to our continued commitment to achieving this.”
As Essex Police continue to expand an inclusive work force, through campaigns such as ‘we value difference’ and #Fitthebill, there has been a rise of 13% in applications of people who are Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background.
Essex Police hope to grow upon this achievement with the ‘We Value Difference 2’ campaign coming in the near future. They have also received positive feedback from an independent survey showing seven out of ten people agreeing that Essex Police understands community issues.
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