A four day course aimed at encouraging people from minority ethnic communities in the North East to consider a career in policing has been arranged for later this summer.
The ‘Introduction to Policing Programme’ is a four day course designed to provide an insight into being a police officer / special constable and is being held in August and September.
Recruitment Chief Inspector Irene Coyle said: "Working as a police officer is a job like no other where no two days are the same with immense opportunities for development and progression. A career with the police is open to everyone however we find that women and also minority ethnic communities are underrepresented when it comes to applications to join Police Scotland.
“We recognise and embrace that valuing and promoting all diversity in the police is significant, as is improving the confidence in our local communities, and so we want to recruit police officers and special constables from all the diverse communities we serve. “
Last year 35 people attended the ‘Introduction to Policing Programme’ which was run in Aberdeen in September. From that course, 27 people applied to join and four are already working as police officers with more hoping to complete the recruitment process this year.
Earlier this week 31 officers from across Scotland celebrated completing one year’s service having attended previous ‘Introduction to Policing Programme’ courses.
As a positive action measure, the course is open only to those who identify from a minority ethnic background / community. The course will run for four days, three of which will be at Nelson Street Police Office in Aberdeen and one day at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan.
Chief Inspector Coyle added: “Over the four days, candidates will receive inputs from specialist departments, try the fitness test, see the unique training facility and also gain a better understanding of the recruitment process. At the end of the course, candidates are encouraged to apply to join the police.
“All police officers, regardless of gender or age, have access to the same opportunities for progression, development and promotion and there are flexible working opportunities for both women and men.
“Anyone who identifies from a minority ethnic background / community who is interested in attending the Introduction to Policing Programme must book a place as places are limited.”
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