Further advice for those required to pass an additional police board interview

Diversity has been high on the police agenda since the Stephen Lawrence enquiry. It should be of no surprise that much of your board interview is likely to focus on your exposure to race and diversity.

The police service faces many hurdles when it comes to making inroads on diversity. Minority officers  bring sensitivity when it comes to making arrests – it is rare that arrests would take place in buildings such as Temples, as this would be deemed insensitive and possibly insulting. Certainly any progress made on diversity is likely to take two steps back if this were to happen.

Not only should you be aware of the problems identified above, it is worth noting that you should have some idea of what minority groups are located in your force area, and exactly where they exist

You should also research what actions your chosen force is undertaking to address the problems above. Neighbourhood policing has been in place for the last few years, so research this – but it would be useful to try an obtain a copy of the forces Diversity Action Plan – this normally sits with Human Resources or with a Diversity and Equalities Officer/Dept.

One way to really impress the panel would be to undertake a language course, focusing on a particular diversity group found in your force area…

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David Vidgen

David Vidgen is a former police recruitment manager responsible for overseeing all police recruitment marketing including application form and assessment centre practice days, recruitment website, adverts and community outreach programmes such as Gay Pride.