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Police Now ranks in Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list 2022/23

Police Now ranks in Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list 2022/23

Friday 2 December 2022

The annual index highlights organisations who are leaders in their field, demonstrating outstanding commitment and results in promoting inclusion across all protected characteristics, throughout each level of employment across their business. 

Police Now places Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at the heart of its mission to transform communities, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and increase the public’s confidence in the police service by recruiting, developing and inspiring outstanding and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline.  

Police Now were recognised in this year’s list for their commitment to building Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) values into every level of their recruitment process, to deliver their mission and recruit staff who are all passionate and committed to EDI. With strong diversity across the organisation, they were commended for their performance in a range of areas. This includes staff support networks, accountability and transparency in their D&I strategy, and direct links between their D&I Lead and executive board. 

Joni Ferns, Police Now’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion, said: “I am incredibly passionate about diversity and inclusivity within the workplace and within the policing sector, the latter of which is facing unprecedented challenges particularly regarding the treatment of those identifying as women and those identifying as Black, Asian or an ethnic minority. Police Now want to create systemic change, by increasing the number of outstanding and talented people from traditionally underrepresented groups within policing and supporting those people to thrive and progress into decision-making roles, so the sector truly reflects the communities it serves and acts in just and fair ways. We can’t do this without staff who are equally passionate about diversity and inclusion and bring their own unique perspectives and experiences to the organisation. I believe inclusivity must be at the heart of all business operations, not just HR or EDI specific functions, and that a culture of transparency and challenge is a key enabler within this. I take great pride in the successes we have achieved in recruiting and developing the most diverse people within policing as well as supporting our diverse staff group at Police Now HQ, but we still have a long way to go to achieve true inclusivity in every way and before policing is representative of its communities at every level. I look forward to continuing to proactively learn, challenge and be challenged, and break down those unacceptable barriers.” 

Paul Sesay, CEO & Founder of Inclusive Companies, said: “It is clear that Police Now’s leadership are working hard to ensure meaningful purpose across the EDI agenda in the organisation. They have developed and delivered some excellent recruitment practices and training for the hiring communities, which cements them a place on the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers Index for 2022/23, and we look forward to witnessing them improve year on year.” 

Powered by Inclusive Companies, the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list was compiled by an independent panel of judges and announced on Thursday 1st December at the Inclusive Awards 2022, held at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. 

To read about the progress that Police Now is making in a pursuit of their mission and the impact they are having on the policing frontline, please see their latest Impact Report here.  

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