Equality, diversity and human rights

Dated: 28 Aug 2018

POLICY TITLE: Equality, Diversity and Human Rights


AUTHOR: People Services, OD & Culture



AIM OF POLICY: Northumbria Police aim to promote equality, diversity and human rights and to inform police officers, staff, special constables, volunteers and communities of the importance of the standards required within the workforce.

BENEFIT OF POLICY: It outlines what can be expected in terms of treatment as police officers, staff, special constables, volunteers and customers of the organisation.

REASON FOR POLICY: To illustrate Northumbria Police compliance and commitment with anti-discriminatory, equal opportunities and Human Rights legislation throughout its course of business and workforce, particularly the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010.


Equality and Diversity

Northumbria Police is committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion amongst its workforce, eliminating discrimination, and promoting equality of opportunity irrespective of 'protected characteristics' including; age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, and gender reassignment, gender identity or expression.

Internal Commitment

  • To understand the barriers to recruitment, retention and progression through engagement and consultation to aid the development of positive action strategies to address these and create a diverse and representative workforce.
  • To further develop leadership capability to drive the cultural and behavioural change necessary to create a truly diverse workplace that recognises and values difference between its people.
  • To proactively manage equality, diversity and human rights in the workplace ensuring fairness, respect and dignity is achieved by promoting and utilising procedures, advice and support to police officers, staff, special constables and volunteers, allowing unreasonable treatment, harassment or discrimination to be raised appropriately.
  • To deliver the highest professional standards of behaviour in the workplace as outlined in the Code of Ethics which includes principles such as 'integrity', 'fairness', 'respect' and 'leadership' and to address these when individual behaviour does not meet the expectations of the Code.

External Commitment

  • To provide communities with fair and responsive services that meets their different policing needs by creating a service influenced by concerns and needs of the local communities, partners and local agencies.
  • To improve the safety of, and confidence within, diverse communities by proactively tackling the causes of prejudice Hate Crimes that target minority groups.
  • To provide the diverse communities we serve access to employment opportunities, information and policing services.
  • To further these commitments the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and Chief Constable developed Joint Equality Objectives. Internal governance of these objectives is managed through the Force Equality Board, ensuring equality in the provision of services and employment under the Equality Act 2010.

Link > Joint Equality Objectives of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable

Human Rights

Northumbria Police recognises its duties and responsibilities as a public body under the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and will aim to ensure that all its activities are consistent and complaint with these duties and will act appropriately and positively to support the rights of others.

Human rights principles underpin every area of police work. From basic probationary training through to senior management courses, officers, staff and volunteers learn that human rights must sit at the heart of the conception, planning, implementation and control of every aspect of the operations of the police service.

Northumbria Police recognises that to effectively perform its duty, necessary invasions on human rights is occasionally required. Where an activity of the Force impinges upon an HRA right, it will do so only where lawful, necessary and in the interests of a specified legitimate aim, to an extent which is proportionate and the least intrusive practicable to achieve that aim.

Human Rights will be considered and documented during the formulation of proposals which are submitted to force committees and/or the PCC to further ensure compliance and aid decision making.

Further information can be obtained from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)website and the Authorised Professional Practice (APP) website.

Further information

In line with the Writing and Reviewing Force Policy and Procedure, Northumbria Police is committed to ongoing review of this policy and it’s discriminatory, equal opportunities and human rights impacts. 
Northumbria Police complies with Authorised Professional Practice (APP) which outlines further information and guidance on equality, diversity and human rights.

Link > Authorised Professional Practice


SOURCE DOCUMENT: Discrimination and Human Rights legislation, primarily:
Human Rights Act 1998
Equality Act 2010

GROUPS AFFECTED: All police officers, police staff, special constables, volunteers and customers of the organisation.


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