Equality and Diversity
Everyone, regardless of race, belief, sexual orientation or
disability, should be treated equally in terms of their access to
opportunities and their value to society. We serve a diverse
community, and we encourage positive, friendly relations between
people from different groups and backgrounds.
Our commitment to equality and diversity runs throughout our
everyday policing in as well within the organisation in terms of
meeting the needs of all our employees. Our activities and
guidelines are reviewed regularly to make sure they take account of
changing needs in the communities we serve. We also work with trade
unions, staff associations and others to make sure our actions meet
the needs of the whole community.
The issues of equality and diversity run through all parts of
our police training. Officers have to know about the make-up of the
population in their specific area so they can understand their
distinctive concerns, and all of our staff attend regular training
courses to update and refresh their awareness of the different
needs of different groups. We also organise specific courses
covering topics like deafness, mental health, disability, gender,
sexual orientation, race and honour-based violence.