We’re among the UK’s Top 5 most inclusive employers

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We’ve been named one of the most inclusive organisations to work for in the UK.

The latest Top 50 UK Employers List sees us placed fifth in a league table including some of the country’s biggest multi-national companies and public sector bodies.

And we’re the highest positioned of all police forces in the country.

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The list – compiled by Inclusive Companies and voted on by expert judges – sees organisations ranked in terms of their performance in a range of areas including recruitment, training and a host of diversity related initiatives.

Dr Darren Ralph, our Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion, said: “Inclusive Companies receives a growing number of applications for its Top 50 list, including from multi-national companies. To be placed fifth when pitched against companies with a global reach is a fantastic achievement.

“It’s great to receive recognition for our hard work. However, we know there is more to do and we continue to work with our people, partners and communities to learn and improve wherever we can.

“It’s important for us to be an inclusive employer where people can achieve their full potential and that we have a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. Policing has to be for everyone and include everyone.”

The league table – which was announced on Wednesday (1 Dec) – considers best practice across all strands of diversity: including age, disability, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Information Technology brand Capgemini topped the list while Cheshire Constabulary (22nd) was the second placed police force.

And we also received a Disability Smart Award 2021 in recognition of our commitment to helping people with disabilities in the workplace.

We won the Disability Confident Impact Award. That’s given to employers who demonstrate “a positive impact” on disability employment and for offering opportunities like internships and work experience.

The award was presented to us virtually by Chloe Smith, MP Minister of State for Disabled People, Health & Work.

West Midlands Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Tom McNeil added: “It’s great to be recognised once again as one of the top inclusive employers in the country.

“This award demonstrates how great a place the West Midlands and West Midlands Police is to work.

“We’re working within our recruitment of officers and staff to make the force more representative of the people of the region. We’ll keep on adapting and improving how we work to ensure that we remain a fair, diverse and inclusive employer.

“Of course, this is a long term project. Creating a representative police force is also about maintaining and improving public trust within certain communities.

“By getting things right on issues like stop & search and tackling the root causes of crime, West Midlands Police will become an even more attractive employer for all of our communities.”

If you want to join our team, check out our current vacancies and see what opportunities there are at West Midlands Police: https://jobs.west-midlands.police.uk/