Scotland’s second largest police force has launched the service’s first major campaign to recruit gays and lesbians.
Lothian and Borders Police Force wants to increase the numbers of all groups currently under represented within the force, and will also include women and ethnic minorities.
The force, which currently has 2,602 officers including 440 women and 17 from ethnic minorities, states that it polices a culturally diverse society and needs its officers to reflect that.
Peter Thickett, the force’s director of human resources, explained that Lothian and Borders Police Force prides itself on being one of the most progressive in Scotland for recruiting officers from under-represented groups.
He said, “To do this successfully we need to reflect the way our society is made up.
“We’re interested in encouraging applications from people who are diverse by virtue of sex, ethnic minority and age.”
The force is advertising in the gay magazine, the Pink Paper, and in Scotland’s Oracle, an ethnic publication.