Equality and Diversity

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Equality and Diversity within Durham Constabulary


The Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner and all at Durham Constabulary are fully committed in the exercise of all of our functions to give due regard to the following in respect of both our staff and the people we serve:-

1. Eliminating unlawful discrimination, prejudice, harassment and victimisation
2. Improving Equality of opportunity between those with protected characteristics and those without, and
3. Fostering good relations between those with protected characteristics and those without

The public sector equality duty which is set out in Section 149 (1) of the Equality Act 2010 outlines the specific legislative requirement of the Force to publish information that evidences how we are fulfilling our requirements around equality and diversity. 

Further information around the Equality 2010 Act can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Website  http://www.equalityhumanrights.com  and on Home Office website   http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/equalities

The Equality Act 2010 has strengthened and streamlined all previous equality legislation and amongst other things has updated and amended the strands of diversity previously covered by anti-discrimination law.  The aim of the Force is to provide targeted, specialist support to members of staff (Police Officers, Police Staff and Special Constables) regardless of gender, rank or grade who are considered to have a protected characteristic as defined by the Act i.e. a person associated with or a member of one of the following groups who are treat less favourably as than those who are not:-

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Religion/Faith
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Pregnancy/Maternity.


In terms of recruitment and selection no Protected Characteristic will be seen as a bar from anyone wishing to apply to be a member of the organisation or for those already working within the organisation to progress.  All applications will be considered on their own merit.  Further information in respect of Recruitment and Selection can be found on the Recruitment link of this website.

For further information please refer to the following PDF files which are available for you to download for viewing or printing:

Public Information
Statement of Commitment
Recruitment and Selection

Alternatively if you have a question around Equality and Diversity please send an e-mail to: