West Mercia Police is one of the country’s top 50 employers of gay people, Dropping 11 places from last year.

 West Mercia was ranked joint seventh against the other police forces.

WEST Mercia Police has been ranked one of the country’s top 50 employers of gay people.

This year it has been ranked 49th in the list of the top 100 gay-friendly workplaces, a drop from 38th last year.

Stonewall, a charitable organisation that campaigns and lobbies for equality, produced the list.

Ben Summerskill, from Stonewall, said: “Competition for a place in the Top 100 was fiercer than ever this year.

“With new, more demanding criteria, every employer securing a position in the Top 100 has performed impressively – and the participating employers collectively employ over 1.9 million people.”

West Mercia was ranked joint seventh against the other police forces in the list while the force’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Group was named a star performer.

Rob Hall, chairman of West Mercia’s LGBT Representative Group, said: “This is an excellent achievement for the staff and communities of West Mercia Police.

“This is our fourth year in the top 100 and although we have dropped slightly from 38th position last year, we have done really well to come within the top 50 considering the changes to the marking criteria.

“This is still a fantastic accomplishment and it reflects West Mercia Police’s commitment to diversity and equal opportunities.”

The police had to complete a nine-part report and provide evidence to support the questions asked.

They were then ranked according to criteria ranging from implementation of effective equality policies, practical demonstrations of good practice in recruitment and mentoring to how they engage with lesbian and gay staff.

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