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Merseyside police and crime chief praises new diversity programme
3:51pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has hailed a new programme aimed at increasing diversity in the force a “huge success”.
The first “Phoenix Leadership Programme” took place last week at Mather Avenue police station with the backing of the Commissioner.
Ms Kennedy said she considered that the course was so successful it could become embedded in the police recruitment process.
The course is a “positive action” initiative aimed at increasing recruitment of under-represented groups to the special constabulary and regular police force.
It encourages women, ethnic minorities, gay, lesbian and bisexual people and people with a disability to apply to join and helps equips them with skills and confidence to progress within the service.
Commissioner Kennedy said: “It is fantastic to see what a huge success this first Phoenix Leadership Programme has been.
“Not only did it generate a fantastic amount of interest, it has also attracted a really high calibre of candidates.
“It is incredibly encouraging for the future if participants of this quality are looking to join Merseyside Police.
“The public want to see a police force which is representative of all the communities it serves and I am committed to helping this to become a reality. These participants will hopefully be serving their communities and the wider Merseyside public as officers of the force in years to come.”
Fifteen people completed the course with all the equality strands represented and participants varying in age from 18 to 47.
The students will now take part in three one-day workshops over the next 12 months and will be offered mentoring support.