Suffolk Police takes pride in promoting diversity by
recognising, valuing and respecting the different needs of our
staff and the communities we serve.
People of all beliefs, faiths, ethnic origins and sexual
orientation make up the world we live in and it is our duty to
treat everyone fairly.
To achieve this, we work with local people
through a process of consultation and engagement to meet agreed
needs to eliminate unfair treatment in our service delivery,
promoting confidence and equality.
Suffolk Police strives to create a workforce
that reflects the make-up of the communities of Suffolk by
selecting all staff on a fair and non-discriminatory basis.
Diversity is about valuing and respecting
difference, and understanding that people have varied needs.
Suffolk Police is committed to making sure equality and fairness
underpins all aspects of police work.
Suffolk Police’s diversity policy is based on
people’s nine protected characteristics as indicated in the
Equality Act 2010:
- Gender Identity
- Marriage and Civil partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Race (includes: colour, nationality and ethnic or national
- Religion and Belief (Includes: non-belief)
- Sexual Orientation.
In recognition of the impact race and
diversity has on the way we deliver our services and manage our
personnel; the Police increased its commitment to race and
diversity in 2006 by establishing a diversity team.
The diversity team provides support to
officers and staff and seeks to increase trust and confidence in
the communities we serve.
In developing this approach, the team works in
partnership with local authorities, agencies and community groups
and representatives, developing new initiatives, policy and
monitoring current procedures. Some of the groups we work with
- Black and Minority Ethnic communities
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual people
- Travellers and Gypsies
- Transgender people
- Refugees and asylum seekers
- Migrant workers
- New and emerging communities
- People with disabilities.