Positive Action

Positive action is about creating a level playing field to enable people to compete on equal terms. It describes a range of measures which aim to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.

​We intend that the 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 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 the progression of those who demonstrate the talent to reach the next step
  • retaining the services of high-performing individuals from within these under-represented groups.

The programme is part of the overall talent management strategy for the police service, and is also linked to the suite of national leadership development programmes. 

We have produced guidance on positive action to help forces in recruitment and to support their workforce. The guidance takes the reader step by step through the legislation and includes examples of effective practice. 

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