Police Scotland programme boosts BME recruitment

Published 26 June 2018

ITPP one year service

Police Scotland’s first recruits from the Introduction to Policing Programme (ITPP) are celebrating completing one year’s service.

Thirty one officers from the programme – which was designed to encourage people from ethnic minority backgrounds to think about a career in policing - successfully applied to join Police Scotland. A further seven are starting their initial recruits’ course today (Monday 25 June 2018).

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, the Interim Chief Constable of Police Scotland, said, “We’re delighted the programme is clearly encouraging people to join Police Scotland.

“It allows potential candidates to speak to a variety of people from the service and answers any questions they may have that are specific to black and ethnic minority communities.

“Scotland has a proud history of being a diverse country and we must ensure we have a police service that reflects and represents those communities.

“I’d like to congratulate the officers who were encouraged to apply through the programme and hopefully our future programmes will continue to help our aim of becoming a more diverse police service.”

Since its introduction in January 2017, five ITPPs have been delivered in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The programme runs over four weekends, giving potential candidates the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of Police Scotland, understand the selection process and receive an input from senior officers, probationers and specialist divisions.

Police Scotland has received 163 applications resulting in 31 regular appointments and two special constables’ appointments. A further 13 officers were recruited following mentor support from the Positive Action Team who run the programme.

The Positive Action Team, who are part of the recruitment team at Jackton Police Training Centre, are holding an event at Tulliallan on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

The aim of the event is to celebrate the first anniversary of officers joining the service and look at ways to continue promoting the programme.

Police Scotland's Positive Action Team

Police Scotland's Positive Action Team are based at Jackton and provide support to people across Scotland from under represented groups who are considering a career in policing. The team work in particular with people from ethnic minority communities and are keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming a police officer.

To speak to the team contact recruitmentpositiveactionteam@scotland.pnn.police.uk or call us on 01355 566683.

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