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Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (Inclusion and Diversity) Policy

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North Yorkshire Police (NYP) is committed to promoting the principles of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) in all areas of policing as an integral part of everyday business.  NYP believes that members of all the communities it serves and all those who contribute to the service it provides have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.  NYP will continually strive to ensure that fair treatment for all is fundamental to the service it delivers.

NYP has re-focused how it delivers equality and diversity across the organisation to continue the high standard of service already shown to this agenda.  This area of business within force is now known as Inclusion and Diversity as this accurately reflects all the different aspects of work and responsibilities which is incorporated into this area of business.

Definitions:

Equality is about managing differences so that everyone has the same opportunities through a fair and consistent application, and by creating a fairer society where everyone can achieve their maximum potential.

Diversity is about understanding, recognising, respecting, and valuing difference, treating people as individuals, and placing positive value on diversity in the community and the workforce.

Human Rights are the basic rights and freedoms that everyone is entitled to.  As a public authority, it is unlawful for NYP to act in a way which is incompatible with the rights set out in the convention and its protocols which are held within the Human Rights Act 1998.

Aims:

The aims of this policy are to:

  • Outline NYP’s obligation and responsibilities in relation to EDHR
  • Embed EDHR in every aspect of policing and our partnership working
  • Promote equality and diversity and eradicate all forms of discrimination
  • Ensure a proactive focus on improving services both internally and externally for the nine protected characteristic groups, making services accessible for all.

NYP will strive to maintain public confidence by:

  • Demonstrating fairness, sensitivity and understanding in its dealings with all sections of the community
  • Policing with integrity and respecting the rights of the individual
  • Putting communities first and responding to their needs and concerns
  • Our police officers and staff acting with compassion, humility, and respect towards all communities they serve.

NYP is committed to valuing and supporting its workforce by:

  • Seeking to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, and victimisation
  • Promoting policies that help realise the full potential of its diverse workforce
  • Developing a workforce which reflects and engages with the communities it serves by promoting dignity and respect for all
  • Engaging with all police officers and police staff to increase awareness and understanding of EDHR, and an environment where contributions are recognised and valued.
  • Establishment of internal support networks to cover the nine protected characteristic groups as defined within the Equality Act 2010.

Individual Responsibilities:

There is a personal responsibility that all Police Officers and Police Staff must abide by this policy.  This will ensure that all forms of discrimination are eliminated, and that fairness, dignity and respect are promoted in the workplace whilst still delivering a high-quality service to all the communities NYP serves.

All line managers and supervisors have an additional responsibility to ensure that all individuals conform to the principles surrounding EDHR and that any failures to comply are made aware of these failures.  Appropriate action will be taken to remedy the situation and ensure future compliance.

NYP has a corporate responsibility to ensure a proactive approach to delivering the EDHR principles within the force.  This is achieved through the Inclusion and Diversity Board which stands as a high level, internal forum to provide the strategic direction for NYP’s EDHR agenda.

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