Merseyside Police is top employer for gay staff
Merseyside Police has been named as one of the top employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual staff by a leading national gay rights charity.The Force was ranked 8th out of 317 organisations who featured in Stonewall's 'Work Equality Index' this year - the first time the Force has entered it.The Index has been running for the past five years and is the definitive national benchmarking exercise for showcasing the UK's top employers for gay, lesbian and bisexual staff.Organisations are scored across nine policy and practice areas designed to sample workplace culture.The areas included answering questions on the level of support available to staff, the work of the Gay and Lesbian Support Network and how well the organisation engages in community events such as International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) and Gay PRIDE.Independent consultant As part of the process an independent consultant also visited the Force and interviewed managers and staff about the proactive work and how successfully policies were put into practice.Assistant Chief Constable Helen King said: "This is a tremendous achievement in the first year we have entered the Index. "It is a tribute to our staff and community members who have helped us in our work to be an employer of choice for lesbian, gay and bisexual people."We will continue to work with our staff and community members to build on this success in enhancing our workplace and building positive relationships to improve service delivery"Strong message Tracy O'Hara, chair of Merseyside Police's Gay and Lesbian Support Network, said:"This result sends out a strong message to our staff and our community that Merseyside Police is an inclusive, diverse workplace where individuality and difference is embraced."Homophobia remains within our society and Merseyside Police continues to be part of the fight against it."We strive to be the best police force in the country and this is yet another indication of our commitment to achieving this goal."