We're proud to have been awarded the Government's top accreditation as an organisation with a positive approach to employing disabled people.
We're the first police force in the country to gain the highest Level 3 Disability Confident Leader status in the Department of Work and Pensions' scheme to remove barriers to employment.
This means that as well as actively looking to attract, recruit and retain disabled people, we are flexible when assessing candidates, put our self-assessment up for external challenge and can now offer expertise to employers across the county to encourage more organisations to become Disability Confident.
Our Diversity & Inclusion team led the work to sign up to the Disability Confident Scheme, achieving all three levels in less than a year by being able to evidence what we have done to provide employment opportunities for disabled people. We take a proactive approach, focussing on ability rather than disability, to help people achieve their aspirations.
Our Devizes 24 hour Crime and Communications Centre, which handles 999 and 101 calls, employs an individual with a visual impairment and dyslexia and one of our call handlers is registered blind. We work closely with Pluss, a social enterprise which supports people with disabilities find work, and the Down's Syndrome Association's WorkFit service which has helped three people with Downs Syndrome gain volunteering and paid employment opportunities in the Force.
Nearly 6,000 employers have become Disability Confident nationally, including 33 police forces, but we are the first to have achieved the highest level, based on our strong recruitment and retention record and are keen to share best practice with other employers locally.
Disability Confident was launched by the Government in 2013 to replace the 'Two Ticks - positive about disabled people' scheme. It plays an important role in helping employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. The scheme has three levels
If you would like further information about our work on diversity and inclusion and current opportunities for people with disabilities within the Force, please contact Sergeant Annie Pursey in our Diversity & Inclusion team firstname.lastname@example.org