Northamptonshire Police are proud to support the UK's military forces and to be a part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) to support servicemen and women and their families.
In 2017, Northamptonshire Police first signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge to treat service personnel and their families with fairness and respect, and received the ERS Silver Award in 2022. Later in 2023, we were awarded ERS Gold Award.
Written into law, the covenant states that Armed Forces personnel, veterans or their families will not be disadvantaged by their military life when accessing goods and services, compared to other citizens. It also recognises that in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved. In signing the Covenant, we have pledged to publicise our commitment to its principles, and support our Armed Forces community.
Through signing the Armed Forces Covenant and receiving the ERS Gold Award, we have pledged to:
As a force we will promote the fact that we are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation, to our staff, customers, suppliers, contractors and wider public.
We will support the employment of veterans by including them as a group supported by our Positive Action team who will:
Deliver regular 'Joining Forces' events
Provide extra support and advice throughout the recruitment and selection process
Work with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to support the employment of Service leavers
We will support veterans who have joined the Force through a bespoke mentorship programme with veterans who have already thrived within the organisation.
We will support veterans in crisis who have entered the judicial system through partnerships with charities such as Project Nova and Combat Stress.
We will support the employment of Service spouses and partners by:
Partnering with the Forces Families Jobs Forum
Providing flexibility in granting leave for spouses and partners before, during and after their partners' deployment
We will support our employees who are members of the Reserve Forces by granting an additional 15 days leave for annual training, supporting any mobilisations and deployment, and by actively encouraging members of staff to become Reservists.
We will support our employees who are volunteer leaders in military cadet organisations by:
Granting an additional 15 days leave to attend annual training camps and courses
Actively encouraging members of staff to become volunteer leaders
Supporting local military cadet units
Recognising the benefits of employing cadets/ex-cadets within the workforce
We will support Armed Forces Day, Reserves Day, the Poppy Appeal Day and Remembrance activities.
We will support Armed Forces charities with fundraising and will support staff who volunteer to assist.
We actively encourage those from the Armed Forces or with a military background to apply for a role within Northamptonshire Police. Our job roles are diverse, ranging from police officers and PCSOs to civilian staff in departments such as IT or Corporate Communications. We are regularly recruiting for roles within the Force and strive to employ a diverse workforce.