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Diversity and Inclusion Team - 1297/20

Date Responded 08 October 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

I am writing to request details of staff roles and courses undertaken by the Force.

In detail, these are:

1. What was the total cost of the Force's Diversity and Inclusion Team (or similar) in both the 2019-20 financial year, and the current financial year up to the 25th August 2020, broken down for each financial year.

2. How many people were employed (FTE) as part of the Force's Diversity and Inclusion Team (or similar), including all full job titles and FTE for each, in both the 2019-20 financial year, and the current financial year up to the 25th August 2020, broken down for each financial year.

3. Please provide the names, explanatory details and costs of all courses (those which incur costs and those that do not) focusing on diversity, inclusion, workplace behaviour and racial and/or gender awareness, in both the 2019-20 financial year, and the current financial year up to the 25th August 2020.

 

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with various Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. 2019/20 full financial Year = £224,591

2020/21 part financial year to 31 August 2020 = £134,413

2. 2019/20 = 4 - Diversity & Inclusivity Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion Practitioner, PC Positive Action, Inspector Positive Action

Aug 2020 = 6 - Diversity & Inclusion Lead (2), Diversity & Inclusion Practitioner, Inspector Positive Action, Positive Action Practitioner(2)

3.

From the 1 April 2019 until 25 August 2020 Northumbria Police have delivered the following diversity, inclusion, workplace behaviour and racial and/or gender awareness training:

Core Delivery training

There are elements of ‘all courses focusing on diversity, inclusion, workplace behaviour and racial and/or gender awareness’ covered throughout the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and operational training in line with the code of ethics and policing principles. Lessons included are as follows:

  • Challenge bias, prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping when performing the role of police constable;
  • Human Rights: Exercise police powers and procedures fairly and without bias;
  • Understand and apply core principles of ethics, equality, diversity and human rights in professional policing, Valuing difference and conclusion.

2019 delivery –  duration of input 2 days:

  • 29 April 
  • 1 July
  • 21 October
  • 9 December

2020 delivery - (remotely)

  • 6 April
  • 13 July

There are no external costs associated with this training.

E-learning/On-line training

Unconscious bias SAP Litmos package - All employees have access to this training at all times so it is included within the requested period. This learning package enables learners to become more aware of unconscious bias and how it can affect their decision making.

The Equality Act 2010 eLearning MLE (NCALT) package that all new starters are asked to complete and includes the following leaning:

  • The key provisions of the Equality Act 2010
  • The term 'protected characteristics' and the nine protected characteristics covered by the Act
  • The types of prohibited conduct outlined in the Act
  • The importance of being aware of your attitudes and beliefs and how these influence behavior
  • The potential impacts of prohibited conduct on individuals, communities and the police service
  • The importance of dealing with incidents of discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • What positive action means and give examples of how it can be applied.

An introduction to unconscious bias video was shared with all employees via our weekly magazine in the 26/08/20 issue. This is an introductory video to further training that will be delivered over the coming months and explains what unconscious bias is and increases individual awareness of our own bias.

There are also two training packages; one on hate crime and one on racial abuse that are due for release this month but they will miss the 25/08/20 time window requested.

In-house training

The Diversity & Inclusion lead has also delivered in-house training on unconscious bias to Professional Standards Department & the Recruitment team.

Ahead of the policing of the Black Lives Matter protests the Diversity and Inclusion team have delivered a short training input within a Force briefing to improve racial bias awareness around the language being used.

The training is delivered by the specialist Diversity & Inclusion team within the organisation and therefore does not attract any additional costs.

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