Project aimed at increasing diversity in the Force backed by PCC

Merseyside / September 12

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has thrown her weight behind a new project aimed at increasing diversity within the Force.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has thrown her weight behind a new project aimed at increasing diversity within the Force.

The Commissioner has given her backing to the Phoenix Leadership Programme - a positive action initiative aimed at increasing recruitment of under-represented groups to the special constabulary and regular police force.

The programme aims to encourage women, ethnic minorities, gay, lesbian & bisexual people and people with a disability to apply to join Merseyside Police.

The first course will be held on October 7th – 11th at Mather Avenue Training Academy and there is space for 20 students. It is hoped this course will be the first of many, leading to the programme becoming embedded within the Force.

Jane 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. This will then be followed by three one-day workshops over the following 12 months, which will help to embed the skills which have been learnt and track the students. The programme also includes a work experience module with the Force so that students can gain a true insight into the realities of life as an officer. Mentoring support will also be offered to the students to support them in the recruitment processes.

The course is being run by Detective Inspector Irene Afful, who has worked with the Force since February 1991 in a wide variety of roles, both uniform and investigative. She is a trained mentor who has also worked on youth engagement initiatives and leadership training in schools.

Detective Inspector Afful said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people across Merseyside. This course will not only increase their confidence and improve their skills, but also enable the participants to become effective leaders in their communities in the role of constable or special constable.

“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. It is an honour to be leading on this project on behalf of the organisation and the staff support networks.”

The deadline for applications is September 20th. For more information, please contact Detective Inspector Afful on [email protected] or (0151) 777 5185.