Police aim to recruit officers from more minority groups

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MORE people from black and ethnic minority communities are being encouraged to join the police.

A new recruitment strategy at Hampshire Constabulary will aim at enlisting people from those communities.

Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes said he wants to make sure the force reflects the make-up of people it serves.

Mr Hayes said: ‘I’m committed to ensuring that Hampshire Constabulary staff reflect the communities it serves as closely as possible and is an inclusive employer.

‘In my police and crime plan, I have set the constabulary a three-year target to increase the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals working in Hampshire Constabulary.’

Mr Hayes added moves have already been made to work to his target.

He added: ‘A number of positive steps have already been taken by the constabulary to achieve my target, including the creation of a diverse recruitment working group, the completion of a scholarship programme and launching a recruitment campaign to increase awareness of police staff opportunities.

‘I look forward to the completion of further initiatives during 2015, including launching a revised diverse recruitment strategy and communications plan which is linked to localised recruitment and force resourcing plans and will encourage external BME candidates to consider becoming police officers.’