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Equality, diversity and human rights

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We are committed to providing and delivering a high quality and diverse service to the communities we serve and to all Police Officers, Police Staff, Volunteers and Special Constables.

This is achieved by understanding different requirements and demands whilst still striving to meet all diverse needs. We aim to be an organisation which reflects our diverse communities, ensuring that our organisational structures, ways of working, decision making and communication is appropriate for all.

Our Obligations

The Equality Act 2010 streamlined the law by consolidating existing equality law into a single piece of legislation. The Act lists nine protected characteristics – people are not allowed to discriminate, harass or victimise another person due to any of the following:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex (gender)
  • Sexual Orientation

Visit the government website for a list of discrimination types.

Public Sector Equality Duty

The Public Sector Equality Duty requires North Yorkshire Police, as a public authority, to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010.
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

Under the Specific Duty, we are required to publish equality objectives at least every four years and make equality information to demonstrate their compliance with this duty accessible on an annual basis.

This ensures that we are fully transparent and illustrates how we fulfil the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty. The Human Rights Act 1998 sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that individuals in the UK have access to.

It provides public authorities with a legal framework to help ensure that their actions respect the human rights of those for whom they provide services. More information can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website


The aim of the assessment is to ensure that when a policy, procedure or initiative is devised, people’s basic rights and the needs of minority groups are consciously and properly considered.

This decision making will identify any potentially discriminatory consequences, as well as potential benefits for anyone who may fall within any of the nine protected characteristic groups.

North Yorkshire Police have embedded an assessment on all their policies and procedures to ensure that no group are inadvertently disproportionately disadvantaged.


Supporting vulnerable victims, witnesses, suspects and detainees by explaining how North Yorkshire Police will work closely with partner agencies. To review and develop the organisational approach towards Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents.  This includes care and assistance provided to victims and witnesses and encompasses:

  • Establishing and communicating clear reporting channels to communities in order that victims and witnesses know how to report Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents to NYP.
  • Promoting and explaining the service standards that victims and witnesses can expect from NYP.
  • Promoting and explaining how North Yorkshire Police will work with partner agencies to support victims and witnesses.
  • Clearly outlining how North Yorkshire Police will utilise Independent Advisory Groups (IAG) as a critical friend to assist in reviewing the organisational response to Hate Crime and Hate Incidents.

Support Networks and Groups

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy[application/pdf] Equality and Human Rights Assessment[application/pdf] Equality and Human Rights Assessment Guidance[application/pdf] Equality and Human Rights Annual Report 2018-2019[application/pdf] Last modified: April 7, 2020