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Merseyside Police has launched its second Phoenix Leadership Programme targeting recruitment of under-represented groups to Merseyside Police. The programme is a positive action initiative aimed at increasing recruitment of under-represented groups to the organisation as special constables, PCSOs and regular police officers.

The programme aims to encourage women, ethnic minorities, gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender people and people with a disability to apply to join the Force.

The first course was held in October last year and four of the participants have already been successful in joining the organisation, including our first Polish PCSO and our first female Muslim special constable. The remainder are being mentored through the application process.

The course consists of a one-week programme, which will cover presentation and leadership skills, team building and resolving conflict. This will then be followed by three one-day workshops over the following 12 months, which will help to embed the skills which have been learnt and track the participants.

The programme also includes a work experience module with the Force so that students can gain a true insight into the realities of life as an officer. Mentoring support will also be offered to the students to support them in the recruitment processes.

The second course will take place from 30 June to 4 July 2014 at Mather Avenue Training Academy. Applications can be obtained by contacting Detective Inspector Irene Afful at the below address:

Irene Afful MSc.

Detective Inspector

Phoenix Leadership Programme Manager

Community Engagement Unit

Police Headquarters

Liverpool L69 1JD

Tel: 0151 777 8970

Mob: 07894 836 987

E-mail: [email protected]

The programme is supported by the Chief Constable and Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner.

Chief Constable Jon Murphy said “Merseyside Police are committed to providing Excellent Policing for the Communities of Merseyside. Our people are our greatest asset and I am dedicated to ensuring we properly represent our diverse communities. Increased understanding leads to increased confidence and trust, all of which we highly value as an organisation. I personally endorse the Phoenix Leadership Programme as part of our continuing commitment to fight crime and protect our communities.”

Chief Superintendent Rowley Moore, said: “‘Policing by consent’ is the cornerstone of British law enforcement requiring adaptability and genuine community engagement. It is essential we properly reflect the diversity of the communities we police and the Phoenix Leadership Programme provides the opportunity for individuals who are currently underrepresented to become Merseyside Police Officers”.

Detective Inspector Afful, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people across Merseyside. This course will not only increase their confidence and improve their skills, but also enable the participants to become effective leaders in their communities in the role of constable, special constable or PCSO. It has long been a passion of mine to increase the diversity of Merseyside Police so that it reflects the community it serves at every level and in specialist departments. This is a step towards achieving that goal. It is an honour to be leading on this project on behalf of the organisation and the staff support networks.

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, said: “Merseyside Police wants to build positive links with all groups in the region and this course will enable the participants to become leaders in their communities, helping make them safer and crime free.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy, said: “It is really encouraging to see the positive impact the first Phoenix Leadership programme has already had on increasing diversity in the Force.

“The public want to see a police service which is truly representative of all the communities it serves. It increases trust, confidence and understanding, all of which are vital if we are to continue to cut crime and improve community safety.

“Here on Merseyside we are taking proactive steps to ensure this is the case. I welcome this renewed commitment to securing a long-term balance in the Force.  I would urge any young people who are interested in helping serve their communities and the wider public to consider applying for the programme.”

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