The number of LGBTQ+ people applying to join Nottinghamshire Police is at an all time high, with 17% of its new applicants coming from the LGBT+ community.
DC Julian Eminson-Ferry, who is openly gay, has been with Nottinghamshire Police since he left university seven years ago.
Julian admits that when he joined the force he didn't think his sexuality would be an issue, and it never has.
He says that his time with Nottinghamshire Police has been nothing but positive and he's encouraging others to join the as a result.
Speaking about his experience in the police Julian said: “I have never had an issue with my sexuality and the work I do.
“I don’t consider myself to be obviously gay so I don’t think people necessarily make that connection, which may be why I don’t have issues when working in the community, where others might.
“But my work colleagues are all aware I am gay, and I have had nothing but positive support from them all. This is a really great force to be part of. And the fact they have an active LGBT+ Network is a real positive as this gives you the support should you need it.
The Home Office's Operation Uplift campaign revealed that the force has recruited 107 new police officers since November, as part of the Government’s recruitment drive.
Applications opened last November and the force now has a total of 16.9% of its applicants going through the recruitment process from the LGBT+ community.
Nottinghamshire Police have a support network for LGBT+ members, The Network, who they say have helped to achieve the results.
The news that the number of LGBT+ people applying to join the force has risen came as "excellent" news to Nottinghamshire police.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford says that the force are committed to representing the people that they serve, which is why they aim to focus on diversity in the workforce.
He also added that during the recruitment process interest lies in the applicants ability to serve the public without fear of favour.