Our commitment to equality and diversity
Derbyshire Constabulary is committed to a policing style which meets the differing needs of the communities it serves and is dedicated to promoting equality within its own workforce. We realise that every police officer, special constable and member of police staff is responsible for delivering a fair and professional service, promoting equality for all.
Understanding the different needs and demands of our diverse communities is seen as an important part of our equality and diversity strategy which seeks to ‘treat people fairly and equally by embracing and valuing equality and diversity; aiming to continually improve our service delivery, enhance our social responsibility and create an inclusive and positive working environment for all members of the organisation’.
There are dedicated equality groups who provide support and advice on equality legislation and issues relating to diversity ensuring that the constabulary operates in a fair and equitable manner.
We accept that we not only have a moral obligation to promote equality but also a legal one. The Equality Act 2010 places certain statutory duties on public bodies and protects people from discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.
The Public Sector Equality duty requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation against people who share a protected characteristic as well as to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations. This is something that we fully embrace.
Our equality strategy
We've published our equality strategy, which has now been updated for 2013. The equality strategy and objectives were prepared and published after consultation with the people of Derbyshire.
We have also put together some information about what we are planning to do over the next four years in an easy read format.
Equality Objectives 2012-16
Objective 1 - We aim to improve community relations by ensuring equality and fairness is at the heart of everything we do.
We will achieve this by ensuring Derbyshire Constabulary consistently meets its equality obligations in the way it develops and delivers policies and practices that impact on our public functions, staff and operational structure.
Objective 2 – We aim to improve our understanding of our communities so that we can treat everyone individually and according to their needs.
We will achieve this by having a clear plan on how to reach out to all our communities and by finding out who needs our services and how best that can be delivered.
Objective 3 - We aim to improve protection and support for those more at risk from crime and anti-social behaviour
We will achieve this by ensuring Derbyshire Constabulary does everything possible to protect the most vulnerable and strengthen partnership working with statutory agencies and voluntary sector organisations.
Objective 4 - We aim to improve community confidence in policing by being more open about what we do
We will achieve this by increasing transparency on the use of police powers to improve the confidence of our communities
Objective 5 – We aim to improve the diversity of our workforce
We will achieve this by creating an inclusive and positive working environment for a workforce which reflects the communities it serves.
Equality Action Plan
To meet our equality objectives, various departments and business groups across the constabulary will be responsible for carrying out actions to meet these objectives.
Progress on our equality objectives are incorporated into an action plan (see attachment) and monitored by the constabulary Strategic Equality Assurance Board.
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) also ensures that the constabulary complies with equality legislation and the lead member for equality sits on the Strategic Equality Assurance Board.
We will also continue to use consultation and engagement mechanisms with the public and internal employees to find out how they feel about our progress towards the objectives.
Useful information and feedback
We have a statutory obligation under the Equality Act 2010 to publish our equality information each year and our equality impact assessments.
Additionally, we encourage our service users to take an interest in what we do to inform and influence our policies and activities by providing feedback on an ongoing basis. By working together we can create the kind of police service that you can have confidence in.
If you would like to provide general feedback on our equality strategy, anything you see on these pages, or would like to volunteer to participate in focus groups on equality, then please fill in our feedback form.
You can also provide your comments by:
Post – Equality Unit, Derbyshire Constabulary, Police HQ, Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE56 2BG
Telephone – 101 and ask for the Equality Unit (during normal office hours)
Text phone users – 18001
Fax – 01773 572712
Email – EqualityUnit@Derbyshire.PNN.Police.UK
Reporting hate crime
If you have been intimidated, harassed, victimised or abused because of who you are or what you believe in, you may have been subjected to a hate crime.
Derbyshire Constabulary takes hate crime very seriously and encourages you to report any incidents to the police. You can report a hate crime on behalf of another person. Even if what happened does not amount to a crime, we will still record it for information and future reference.