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Police chief backs new programme to increase diversity in Merseyside force
2:49pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
MERSEYSIDE elected police and crime chief Jane Kennedy is encouraging women, ethnic minorities, gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and people with a disability to apply to join the force.
The commissioner has thrown her weight behind a new project aimed at increasing diversity called the Phoenix Leadership Programme.
The scheme is a “positive action initiative” aimed at increasing recruitment of under-represented groups to the special constabulary and regular police force.
The first course will begin on October 7 at Mather Avenue Training Academy and it is hoped it will be the first of many, leading to the programme becoming embedded within the force.
Ms Kennedy said: “The public want to see a police force which is representative of all the communities it serves.
“Currently, this is not always the case and some groups sadly remain under-represented within Merseyside Police. It is high time this changed.
“The Phoenix Leadership Programme is an innovative initiative aimed at tackling this issue to ensure the force truly represents the Merseyside public.
"I would urge any young people who are interested in helping serve their communities and the wider public to consider applying for this inspiring project.”
The course consists of a one-week programme which will cover presentation and leadership skills, team building and resolving conflict.
It will be run by Detective Inspector Irene Afful, who has been on the Merseyside force since 1991 working in a variety of roles, both uniform and investigative.
She said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people across Merseyside.
“It has long been a passion of mine to increase the diversity of Merseyside Police so that it reflects the community it serves at every level and in specialist departments.
"This is a step towards achieving that goal."
The deadline for applications is September 20.
For more information, email Det Insp Afful at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on (0151) 777 5185
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