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Could you help us to build the trust and confidence between Surrey Police and our communities? We’re looking for individuals who live or work in Surrey, are from the LGBTQ+ community or allies with experience and/or good connections to join Surrey Police’s new LGBTQ+ Advisory Group.

As a member of our LGBTQ+ Advisory Group, you will be invited to meetings on a quarterly basis to share your advice and guidance on a variety of LGBTQ+ topics. During these meetings, we will ask you to share your knowledge and experience to help support Surrey Police.

The LGBTQ+ Advisory Group meetings will take place every quarter, on a weeknight evening. The location of the first meeting in June 2024 will be at Surrey Police Headquarters, Mount Browne, Sandy Lane, Guildford, GU3 1HQ. During this meeting it will be discussed with the members where future meetings should be held and whether this be online or in person. An online option will always be available. 

Chief Constables' Message

We really welcome your interest in joining our Police Force. It is a privilege to lead the teams in Surrey Police and Sussex Police who continuously work selflessly and tirelessly in order to keep people in our counties safe.

We are looking for talented and inspirational people who put the needs of the public at the heart of everything that they do and who want to make a difference. If you feel you are that person then we want to hear from you.

We wish you all the very best with your application.

Chief Constable Tim De Meyer & Chief Constable Jo Shiner

The Role & Key Responsibilities

The LGBTQ+ Advisory Group will form a valuable link between LGBTQ+ communities and Surrey Police. It will comprise of Surrey residents representing and, as far as possible, reflecting the diversity of the communities in Surrey.

The purpose of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Group is to advance equality of opportunity, foster good relations, inspire confidence, and enhance knowledge between the Police and diverse communities. It’ll promote recruitment, retention and career pathways as well as provide a place to facilitate discussion, give proper consideration, constructive criticism, and scrutiny to what the Police do. The group will act as a critical friend providing independent and meaningful advice.

The post holder will be prepared to voice opinion, knowledge, and insight where they can effectively to support the Force on matters to do with LGBTQ+ communities. We seek members who are not afraid to challenge and hold us to account in how we operate as a Force to those from LGBTQ+ communities. This support will aim to develop our Force in our pursuit to being a fully anti-discriminatory organisation.

The main responsibility of LGBTQ+ Advisory Group members will be to attend and actively participate in quarterly meetings. In advance of these meetings, you will be asked to read supporting documentation and prepare accordingly.

During the meetings, you will be asked to express and explain your own views to others as an individual, or as a representative of your community. You will also be required to listen and consider other people’s views in a constructive way; taking into consideration any unconscious bias or prejudice you may have.

Volunteering as part of a diverse team, you will deliver key messages to communities with confidence and contribute to the overall success of the group.

Skills & Experience

Please note that we are looking for individuals who are independent of Surrey Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

We’re looking for individuals who live or work in Surrey, are from the LGBTQ+ community or allies with experience and/or good connections. There is no specific experience required for this role, but you will need to have good interpersonal and communication skills to help us form an important link between our force and our communities.

You will need to have an in interest in policing issues, specifically how these they affect your local area and community and an appreciation of the need for confidentiality and sensitivity in relation to information sharing.

You will need to have the confidence to discuss, critique, challenge and provide feedback during meetings, and after meetings have taken place, we will ask you to pass on key messages back to your communities if you can.

To access meeting information and documentation, you will be required to use Microsoft Office programmes and MS Teams, but we are able to provide support on this if necessary.

Please ensure your application form is as detailed as possible; if we need further information we will contact you. 

Why Volunteer With Us?

As a Surrey Police LGBTQ+ Advisory Group Member you will provide the opportunity to:

  • Contribute to realising Surrey Police’s vision of delivering safe, satisfied and confident communities
  • Understand how Surrey Police operate and influence their activity by contributing with knowledge
  • Help to build relationships and trust between different community groups and Surrey Police
  • Gain an understanding of policing polices, practices and priorities.

Further Information

The role profile attached to the bottom of this advert contains more information about becoming an LGBTQ+ Advisory Group Member. If you have any questions about the role, please contact the Inclusion Team at inclusion@surrey.police.uk.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people.  It's important that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach, and the skills that diversity brings; all of which help us to deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all.

We have multiple staff support groups who help to improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We are committed to being an anti-racist police service. We promise to challenge injustice, ensure fairness and to uphold anti-racist principles in both our organisation and our communities.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status, or religious belief, we would love to hear from you.

Please use the following links to find out more on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Surrey Police and Sussex Police

Additional Information

Following submission of your application you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your application attached. Occasionally emails from this address can fall into spam/junk folders so please ensure this is checked regularly.  You may wish to consider adding noreply@surreysussexpolice.as.recruitmail.com to your address/contact list to ensure you receive all communications.

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