Thirteen Merseyside Police officers have completed a pilot programme with the College of Policing aimed at improving the recruitment, development, progression and retention of black and minority ethnic (BME) officers and staff.

For the past 12 months the constables and sergeants have been working with mentors, either at Chief Inspector or Superintendent level, to complete the Professional Development and Action Learning Set (PeDALS) as part of the BME Progression 2018 programme.

Chief Superintendent Claire Richards, who was a mentor and presented certificates to all those who took part in the course, said: “This was a 12 month course with the College of Policing which was aimed at BME staff.

“Each officer was allocated a mentor to give them confidence and support them in their career progression.

“This is the first time that it has been run on Merseyside and it has been a great success. Everyone who took part in the programme has got something from it in terms of their own self development.”


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