The College of Policing outline Positive Action as creating a level playing field to enable people to compete on equal terms.

It describes a range of measures that aim to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.

Having a positive action programme will have an impact on the public through improving organisational, team and personal performance.

In particular it will contribute to:

  • Building better relationships with communities, resulting in a more effective service
  • Delivering on the priorities established for the police service such as reducing crime and reducing bureaucracy
  • Creating a fair and equitable career pathway for members of under-represented groups
  • Supporting career progression of those who demonstrate the talent to reach the next step

The Equality’s Act protects people from being treated less favourably because they have a protected characteristic. Sections 158 and 159 set out the provisions under the act for use of Positive action.

Positive action applies to all protected characteristics in employment and these are:  

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • pregnancy and maternity

Kent Police use Positive Action to support individuals and/or groups who as a result of their protected characteristic/s suffer a disadvantage or have a need that through support can be reduced or overcome.

Positive action is entirely voluntary. There is no requirement for an employer to use either the general provisions or those relating to recruitment and promotion.

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