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.

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Positive Action Recruitment Services

Qualifying candidates are allocated a mentor for end to end support which includes skills workshops to understand the assessments process.

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.

Facts about Cumbria

More than 70 different languages are spoken throughout Cumbria.

John Kent, who was the son of a slave, became the first black police officer in Britain when he was stationed in Maryport in 1837.

in 1727 the Quakers of Kendal sent a petitions too parliament requesting the abolition of slavery.

The second largest religion in Cumbria is Buddhism.

Myth Busting

FACT: employment is always based on merit and an individual's ability to perform and do the job well, not on physical characteristics.

FACT: every candidate who applies for a role within Cumbria Constabulary is given the same consideration regardless of any minority backgrounds.

FACT: We want to recruit talented people with a diverse range of skills - this includes people from all backgrounds including white males.

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.

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