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Residents invited to West End engagement event

17 Mar 2015 14:21 PM

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Northumbria Police is holding an engagement weekend in Newcastle to encourage under-represented groups to consider a career in policing.

The initiative is backed by Vera Baird, Northumbria's Police and Crime, who is keen to see the force fully reflect the communities it polices.

Mrs Baird said: "I would actively encourage people from under-represented groups including women and people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to take a look at a career in policing.

"It is important that our police service is made up of the communities it polices and events such as these offer an excellent way for people who may be considering a career in policing to find out more from senior officers.

"We want to encourage new talent from all our communities to think about joining the force."

Both events are being held from noon to 3pm at the West End Women and Girl's Centre on Elswick Road.

The first event on Saturday, March 21, aims to promote career opportunities for women. A female officer will be at the event and speak about her career in policing.

The second on Sunday, March 22, is specifically encouraging people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to consider joining the force, a superintendent will talk about his police career.

Both speakers will talk about what the force is looking for from applicants and how the selection process works. There will also be question and answer sessions during the discussions.

Chief Superintendent Laura Young said: "New staff deliver an important service which can make a real difference within our communities as well as obtaining skills that will equip them throughout their careers.  I would personally recommend a career in policing for anyone wanting a varied, challenging but extremely rewarding career with many opportunities to develop a lasting career while becoming involved in a wide variety of roles."

At both events there will be several police officers available to have a chat with and answer any other queries not covered during the event. In addition Special Constables, police cadets and police staff will be at the event to talk about the range of opportunities to work and volunteer for the force.

Vast and diverse communities make up the area that Northumbria Police covers and the force is dedicated to ensuring its workforce is reflective of this.

Councillor Habib Rahman said: "Newcastle truly is a Multicultural City now, the 2nd and 3rd generations of people from the BAME communities born and breed a 'Geordie' many people have told me that, for them every career opportunity is a potential and non better than to serve the Country's Police Force. I would like to thank Northumbria Police for organising these Recruitment open days and I encourage all Women & people from the Black Asian Minority Ethnic Communities to attend these events and consider joining the Northumbria Police Force".

To apply on-line visit the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk  Anyone who needs help accessing the online process should contact Northumbria Police and assistance will be provided.

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