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, sexual orientation and gender reassignment, gender identity or expression.
To support this aim, we are looking to improve equality monitoring through reviewing the current processes within the Force from application through to exit to ensure captured data is recorded and acted upon where necessary.
Our internal and external engagement framework includes individuals who represent as far as practicable the views of groups underrepresented within our organisation.
Members of our Support Groups are instrumental in helping us understand the diverse needs of our workforce. Their feedback is translated into actions and drives our activity.
We also work with members of our Strategic Independent Advisory Group and external organisations such as Disability North, Angelou Centre, MESMAC etc. to improve the way we promote our policing services to our diverse community and inform them of career and employment opportunities with Northumbria Police.
- 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.
- 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 support the objectives above a joint report has been produced to show the information collected and work undertaken in 2017 to help develop and improve our services, including our plans for future development. (See link below). The next report will be published in early 2019.
Joint Equality Annual Report
Joint Equality objectives from the Police & Crime Commissioner & Chief Constable