Positive Action

N.B If you are eligible for Positive Action (see below for eligibility) then you can obtain support before you submit your application form.  Please email the team at: [email protected] to access this support.

If you are eligible for Positive Action support then click the box below to register and one of our team will be in touch.

Register for Positive Action Support

Our vision is to have an inclusive workplace open to and supportive of a diverse workforce.

Lancashire Police are ambitious in our aim to attract, recruit, support and promote talented individuals who represent the diverse communities and groups in Lancashire. We value difference and recognise that people with a variety of skills, attitudes and experiences, from diverse backgrounds and cultures, bring fresh ideas and perspectives. Encouraging and harnessing these differences can enhance Lancashire Police, by bringing together different viewpoints to continually improve how we deliver our policing service; making our services more approachable and relevant to our communities. We use positive action to help achieve this.

What is positive action?

Positive Action simply means employers can take steps which seek to level the playing field for under-represented groups.  This is done by providing advice, guidance and support where required, whilst still maintaining the high standards for recruitment and promotion. The selection process is based purely on the required skills and abilities of the candidate for the role.

The selection procedure itself is no different and is based solely on merit. ‘Positive action’ does not seek to remove competition and Lancashire Police will take the best applicants.

Why do we need it?

The reality is that many of our over-represented candidates are far more likely to already know someone in the police service (friends and family) and are therefore more likely to be able to access advice regarding application processes. Positive action delivered by the workforce representation team works to re-dress that balance.

Equality and Inclusion are absolutely vital to Lancashire Police, as we strive to keep our communities safe – we can only be effective in that if our workforce is truly reflective of the communities we serve.

We recognise that a diverse workforce brings a whole host of advantages including:

  • Helping us to understand the diverse needs of our communities and be able to adapt accordingly
  • Be better positioned to serve our communities by overcoming language and cultural barriers
  • Staff are happier in an environment that is truly reflective, values diversity and well-being, allowing staff to truly be themselves at work

Who is eligible for Positive Action?

The Equality Act, allows positive action to be used when there is under-representation. Lancashire Constabulary have identified that there is an operational requirement to recruit people who are / from;

  • Black and Minority Ethnicities
  • Gay/lesbian/bisexual
  • Transgender

What is Available?

The Workforce representation team are dedicated to supporting talented individuals from under-represented groups who can make a difference. We offer a variety of initiatives such as providing appropriate advice, guidance, encouragement and support throughout the recruitment process.

We recognise joining the police and our recruitment processes can be quite daunting and may be completely different to anything you have experienced before; we endeavour to help you become more familiar with our processes, to understand what we are looking for in a candidate and equip you sufficiently, so that you feel comfortable and confident when you approach each recruitment stage.

Contact us today at [email protected] (before completing your application form)

WellBeing and Support

There are many opportunities to develop and learn. We offer training to all staff and job related qualifications. Our key focus is on the well-being of our staff and we have numerous support networks in place for our workforce: 

  • Well-being ambassadors
  • Staff Support Networks (disability, black & Asian, LGB and T, Women, Christian police association)
  • Chaplains (who reflect the diversity of beliefs & non-belief)

Diverse workforce and Inclusivity

We welcome applications from anyone with a disability and we are committed to improving employment opportunities and career development for disabled people, and in recognition of this we have been certified as a Disability Confident Employer.

As a Disability Confident Employer we have committed to undertake the following core actions:-

  • Actively looking to attract and retain disabled people
  • Providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  • Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for a job
  • Flexibility when assessing people so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
  • Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required
  • Supporting employees to manage their disabilities or health conditions
  • Ensuring managers are aware of how they can support staff who are sick or absent from work


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