Race at Work Charter
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Photo: Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington, Neil Woodbridge, Cat Barrie, Jenny Barnett, Mohammad Islam-Ruman, Vernal Scott, Insp Cathy Calder, Jane Gardener - PFCC
Essex Police has affirmed its commitment to ensure minority ethnic employees are represented across the force at all levels by signing the Race at Work Charter.
Chief Constable BJ Harrington joined Essex Police, Fire and Crime Deputy Commissioner Jane Gardener in signing the charter.
It represents a commitment to ensuring that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels in the force.
The charter has five calls to action including, though not limited to, appointing an Executive Sponsor for race, commit at board level to zero tolerance of harassment and bullying and to take action that supports ethnic minority career progression.
Chief Constable BJ Harrington said:
“It is great that we have such a diverse and inclusive workforce to represent and serve the people of Essex as we can only police with the trust of the public.
“The charter will ensure we continue to be an inclusive, supportive and diverse employer, supporting staff from all backgrounds (and ethnicities) and the Race at Work charter, underpinned by our diversity strategy, will help us to do that.”
Deputy Commissioner Jane Gardner added:
“Signing the Race at Work Charter is an important step not just in continuing our drive to be an employer of choice for all communities across Essex but in specifically working to remove the barriers that ethnic minority people face in the recruitment and progression process and in making a public commitment to our continued commitment to achieving this”.
As we continue to expand our inclusive workforce through campaigns such as We Value Difference and #Fitthebill, we have seen a rise of 13 per cent in applications of people who are Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background.
We have also received some positive feedback from our most recent independent survey showing seven out of ten people agree that Essex Police understands community issues.
We hope the signing of this charter only enhances that understanding and shows our commitment to providing the best and most inclusive service to the community of Essex.