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Clio SpringerEditor's message: One of the many challenges that the police service presents to HR is around recruitment and ensuring that the service reflects the gender and racial composition of the communities that it serves. It is well documented that the number of police officers from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background does not reflect the BAME population as a whole and the shortage of female police officers from a BAME background in particular has been highlighted in recent months.

While positive discrimination is often discussed as a method of boosting diversity police employers must be aware of the limits of positive action under the Equality Act 2010, which were highlighted by the recent tribunal decision of Furlong v Chief Constable of Cheshire Police.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

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Police regulations

See Legislation for the up-to-date version of the police regulations including the:

  • Police Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/527)
  • Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 (2012/2632)
  • Police (Performance) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/2631)