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, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, 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
This strategy sets out our long standing commitment to fairness and equality, explaining how we will meet and surpass our legal responsibilities. This document details how all members of Derbyshire Constabulary and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire will challenge each other and ourselves to continue to meet our commitment.
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 has been incorporated into an action plan and will be monitored by the constabulary Confidence and Ethics 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 Confidence and Ethics 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.
Equality Objectives 2016-2020
Objective 1 - Governance
- We will improve our processes by ensuring equality and fairness is at the heart of everything we do.
Objective 2 - Engagement
- We will improve our understanding of communities so we can treat everyone individually and according to their needs.
Objective 3 - Vulnerability
- We aim to improve protection and support for those more at risk from harm.
Objective 4 - Transparency
- We will improve community confidence by being open about how we police.
Objective 5 - Recruitment, Retention Progression
- We will create an inclusive and positive working environment for our policing family, reflecting the communities we serve.
Gender Pay Gap
From 2018 we are now publishing information relating to the pay differences between the genders within force.
While the force is committed to equal work for equal pay, an over-representation of men in higher ranking positions – together with more men having been employed for longer periods - means a 5% gap exists in average police officer pay during 2017-18.
A similar male over-representation in senior staff positions accounts for a mean gap of 11.6% in police staff. The overall gap across officers and staff stands at 16.1%.
Derbyshire Constabulary is already hosting a number of initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality.
See our Gender Pay Rate Report for the full data, as well as information about the work we're doing to improve ourselves in this area.
Useful information and feedback
We have a statutory obligation under the Equality Act 2010 to publish our equality information each year.
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 571102
- Email – EqualityUnit@Derbyshire.PNN.Police.UK