Representing our communities

We recognise that a modern day police service needs to fully reflect the communities it serves so we’re working hard to recruit police officers from a much broader, diverse range of people, in line with the Policing Vision for 2025 of a more representative police force. We welcome people from all backgrounds, regardless of age, genders, race, faith, sexual orientations, parental or relationship status.

That’s because the more our police officers represent the communities we serve, the more we understand their needs and concerns and the better we work together to make communities safer and stronger.

How we're creating a diverse and inclusive police service

  • Fair recruitment and selection - all police recruitment processes are fair and based on merit.
  • Positive Action - local forces have a range of initiatives underway to encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to join the police and support serving police officers.
  • Faith considerations - police forces are supportive of all religions, making adjustments to give officers the time and freedom to practice their faith.
  • Support networks - there are many associations and support organisations who exist to help under-represented groups apply and then thrive in policing.

Supporting neurodiversity

Hear serving officer Myles talk about his experiences of being colour blind and the support he's received to help him do his job. 

Who can join?

There are various ways to join the police, depending on your work, life and educational experience. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures and experiences.