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Positive Action Initiative

Positive Action helps us, as employers, remove barriers and issues to recruitment, retention and progression to people from under-represented groups, whilst still employing people on merit.

We treat all applications fairly and in accordance with current legislation. Positive Action is not about giving some people more favourable treatment, it's about levelling the playing field. We are looking for a talented workforce who can best serve the communities of Cumbria. In other words, we are looking for talented people from a wide range of diverse applicants.

It is a range of measures and initiatives that we can lawfully take to actively encourage those from under-represented groups to bring their talent, experience and expertise when joining the organisation. When applying to join, our selection processes are no different. Through the use of positive action, we do not seek to remove competition, rather allow everyone the same level of opportunity where the final selection is always made on the merit of the applicant. 

View our full Positive Action strategy


Introduction to the area

Cumbria is a non-metropolitan County in North West England. Cumbria's largest settlement and only city is Carlisle, in the north of the county. The largest town is Barrow-in-Furness, in the south and is slightly smaller. The County's population is largely rural.

The county consists of six districts; Allerdale, Barrow-in-Furness, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden and South Lakeland. Our population is just under half a million.

Cumbria has lower proportions of younger residents and a higher proportions of older residents.

Historic sites in Cumbria include Carlisle Castle, Furness Abbey and Hadrians's Wall.

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Myth Busting

There are often many myths surrounding Positive Action and it can sometimes be viewed negatively by those who do not fully understand its purpose. It is essential to understand that every candidate who is successful during a recruitment process has always achieved this on their own merit and not by receiving Positive Action Support.

MYTH: you are more interested in someone's characteristics than their ability.
FACT: employment is always based on merit and an individual's ability to perform and do the job well, not on physical characteristics.

MYTH: people get bonus marks for being from a minority.
FACT: every candidate who applies for a role within Cumbria Constabulary is given the same consideration regardless of any minority backgrounds.

MYTH: you are not interested in recruiting white males.
FACT: We want to recruit talented people with a diverse range of skills - this includes people from all backgrounds including white males.

MYTH: positive action is just positive discrimination.
FACT: positive action does not mean people will be recruited simply because of their gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. We treat all applicants equally and job offers are made to the right candidate who fits the role.

Positive Action does not:

  • provide an unfair advantage to any groups
  • remove competition for jobs
  • give anybody specific answers which would give them an advantage at interview

What support is there?

At Cumbria Constabulary we have a number of internal support networks which provide help and support to under-represented groups:

  • Cumbria Constabulary Mulitcultural Police Association (CCMPA)
  • Cumbria Women's Network
  • Christian Police Association
  • Cumbria Chaplaincy Team
  • Disability Support Group Network
  • Cumbria Police Pride Network
  • Menopause Support Group

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