We are committed to building our relationships with under-represented groups and encouraging them to join our policing family.
Under-represented characteristics may include one or more of the protected characteristics below:
Marriage and civil partnership
Pregnancy and maternity
Religion or belief
From the moment you come into contact with the police family at Hertfordshire Constabulary we want you to feel recognised as an individual.
We're seeking people who possess the skills, experience and potential to become superb police officers. Positive Action is the name given to measures under the Equality Act 2010 that promote equality of opportunity. The Equality Act empowers us to remove these barriers when they are in connection to a protected characteristic, so that we can work together towards achieving true equality.
People with language skills, different cultures or backgrounds are encouraged to apply to join our workforce. The Positive Action recruitment team creates a level playing field; supporting a protected group by overcoming a disadvantage, meeting a particular need or encouraging participation in an activity where it is disproportionately low.
Positive Action is lawful and can be used to redress any imbalance of opportunity or disadvantage that an individual with a protected characteristic could face. Every candidate who enters our recruitment process is assessed on equal merit, this means candidates are scored at every stage of the application process. Guidance for applying positive action is set out in the Equality Act 2010 and Hertfordshire Constabulary follows this rigorously to ensure we apply the law in a professional environment.
We offer mentoring through the job application process and during your career.
An experienced mentor can support you throughout your recruitment journey.
We have dedicated Positive Action mentors supporting candidates from under-represented groups as we look to have a more diverse workforce that reflects the communities we protect and serve.
We also have a mentors with a military background for candidates coming from an Armed Forces background.
Find out more about our mentoring scheme and how to apply, by emailing.
Our commitment to our community
We want to ensure that our constabulary always represents the diverse and vibrant community we serve. To that end, we've devised values that support our strategy, aims and vision.
Recognising and drawing on our differences makes us better as a police service, so we actively look to bring out the best in each other, as individuals and as teams.
It's vital that we act as ethical and professional public servants, and we encourage all our staff and volunteers to stand by our Code of Ethics.
We're committed to providing the best service we can for the people of Hertfordshire. We place a high value on our position as a local organisation and do everything possible to support the community in whatever way we can.
Support in the workplace
Workforce Development supports recruitment, development and retention of staff both internally and externally from under-represented groups including people with protected characteristics.
Blue Light Infoline
Blue Light Infoline providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
Tri BME Network
The tri-force Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Support Network campaigns for BME issues across the BCH tri-force; Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Christian Police Association
The Christian Police Association has been supporting Police Officers and staff since 1883 and it does this through meetings, emails, prayer and bible studies.
Force Welfare Fund
The Force Welfare Fund provides relief to those going through hardship.
Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) Police Association
A national police support organisation, with members internationally, the association's main aim is to unite and support Police Officers and staff that are from GRT backgrounds.
Herts Association of Muslim Police (HAMP)
HAMP endeavours to provide a support network for Muslim and non-Muslim Police Officers and staff.
Hertfordshire Black and Asian Police Association
The Hertfordshire Black and Asian Police Association is a support group for all Black, Asian and minority ethnicity Police Officers and staff.
Herts Disability Carers Network
A network of individuals, who are prepared to share their experience of dealing with disability and/or significant illness/injury and how to manage those in the workplace.
Hertfordshire Emerald Society
The Hertfordshire Emerald Society brings together all Police Officer and staff who have a connection to the island of Ireland or have an interest in its culture and history.
Hertfordshire Jewish Police Association
The HJPA supports Jewish police officers and staff within the Constabulary, supports interactions between the Constabulary and the Jewish community, and promotes policing as a career to the Jewish community.
Herts Menopause Action Group (HMAG)
The HMAG consider how best to raise awareness across the organisation so those affected are clear where they can go for support, and that managers are aware of the guidance available to help them support any of their Police Officers and staff who are struggling to manage at work because of menopausal symptoms.
Herts Police Federation
The Police Federation is the staff association for officers from the rank of Constable to Chief Inspector. Subscribing members receive support and advice from colleagues elected as workplace representatives offering guidance on police regulations and many other issues.
Herts Police Women's Network (HPWN)
The HPWN provides specialist advice when required around reassurance and public confidence and will also support Police Officers and staff within the objectives of the Equality, Inclusion and Integrity Policy.
The Herts Police LGBT+ Network supports all staff on LGBT+ matters, provides support with operational matters affecting the LGBT+ community and gives advice to the force's senior management teams on LGBT+ issues.
Chaplains provide confidential and independent support to all staff and Police Officers whether they have a faith or not. They are based countywide across the stations as well as at Headquarters.
Police Credit Union (PCU)
The PCU aim to improve the financial resilience of those who serve and protect. They offer flexible saving accounts and affordable loans with repayments made straight from your wages.
Police Pagan Association
A national organisation supporting Pagan Police Officers and staff. Working together, they aim to improve the relationship between the Pagan community and the police.