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Date Responded 12 April 2018

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:

Equality and Diversity

1) Do you offer equality and diversity training? If so, what is the mode of delivery of this training?

2) A brief overview of the context of the training.

3) Who is required to take this training? 

Hate Crime

1) Do you offer hate crime training? If so, what is the mode of delivery of this training?

2) A brief overview of the context of the training.

3) Who is required to take this training? 

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Learning and Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

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

Equality and Diversity Q 1-3

Equality Act 2010 – This is a National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies (NCALT) Package aimed at all Northumbria police officers, PCSOs, special constables and police staff.  It summarises the key provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and explains the protected characteristics.  The module also outlines the kinds of conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010 and illustrates the importance of dealing with incidents of discrimination, whether in the workplace or when in contact with the public.

‘Introduction to Equality and Diversity’ Input (student officers) – All new student officers receive a one-day input on Equality & Diversity, which includes Hate Crime, as part of the 12-week Initial Police Learning Development Programme (IPLDP).  It  explains the term diversity and explores reasons why it impacts upon the individual, the organisation and the community.  It provides students with an overview of prejudice and discrimination and how they manifest in the workplace. 

A member of the Community Engagement Team from Central Area Command, attends the session to speak to the students as a Subject Matter Expert with regards to Community Tension indicators.

In addition, the general theme of ‘vulnerability’ is embedded throughout the entire Programme underpinning equality and diversity. 

Code of Ethics – This is a 2-hour face-to-face input delivered to all new student officers as part of the 12-week IPLDP to ensure they are fully conversant with the Code of Ethics and the relationship to Northumbria’s Proud to Protect Strategy.

This is a prominent theme throughout the first 2 weeks of IPLDP with references made to the Code of Ethics, throughout the entire Programme. 

Unconscious Bias Training – This is an e-learning package hosted by the Litmus Hero’s platform, aimed at the entire workforce. The package covers the following topics: 

  • Are you biased? – Discover that you are indeed bias, but don’t worry, so is everyone else.
  • Organisational Bias – Explore our case studies that demonstrate how unconscious bias can impact organisations that are actively trying to avoid discrimination.
  • Big Deal – We dispel the myth that bias is no big deal, and show how many different groups are affected.
  • Benefits of Diversity – Diversity is a competitive advantage. Find out why.
  • How to beat it – Importantly, we give you three takeaway challenges to help you become more aware of your own biases, and how they impact your work. 

Valuing Difference and Inclusion - Senior Leaders within the force undertake a module titled 'Valuing Difference and Inclusion' as part of their Senior Leadership Development Programme (SLDP). Those operating in Management roles across the force have received Code of Ethics training and will have been trained in Diversity issues. 

Hate Crime - Q1-3) 

Introduction to Equality and Diversity’ Input (student officers) – As above, all new student officers receive a one-day input on Equality & Diversity, which includes Hate Crime, as part of the 12-week Initial Police Learning Development Programme (IPLDP).  It explains the term diversity and explores reasons why it impacts upon the individual, the organisation and the community. It provides students with an overview of prejudice and discrimination and how they manifest in the workplace. 

There are specific learning outcomes around recognising what is meant by the term hate crime and considering how to deal with and record hate crime whilst respecting the need for confidentiality. Main themes include: 

  • Identify Hate crime and how to ethically record it.
  • Understand the difference between hate crimes and hate incidents
  • Summarise police actions when dealing with hate crimes and hate incidents
  • Explain the impact of hate crimes and hate incidents on victims
  • Understand disability hate crime and the definition of disability
  • Understand homophobic  and race hate crime

Hate Crime - A training package regarding the definition and response to Hate crime was delivered to officers and staff.  Disability Hate Crime Training and Standard Hate Crime Training was delivered to front-line staff.  

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