Equality and Diversity (Partnerships)

Equality Information

Durham Police Authority and Durham Constabulary are fully committed in the exercise of all of our functions to give due regard to the following public sector equality duty in respect of our staff and the people we serve:-

  • Eliminating unlawful discrimination, prejudice, harassment and Victimisation
  • Improving Equality of opportunity between those with protected characteristics and those without, and
  • Fostering good relations between those with protected characteristics and those without


The public sector equality duty which is set out in Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 outlines the specific legislative requirement of the organisation to publish equality and diversity information which shows how we are fulfilling our requirements around each strand of diversity.

Protected characteristics are:

Age
Disability
Gender Reassignment
Marriage/Civil Partnership
Race/Ethnicity
Religion/Belief
Gender
Sexual Orientation
Pregnancy/Maternity

We encourage the public to look at the Equality Information we have published and let us know where we have information gaps and where we are not meeting the three aims of the Equality Act as stated above. The information can be found in the following document:

Equality-Diversity-Leaflet.pdf

Durham Constabulary’s Statement of Commitment to Equality and Fairness


We believe that the members of the communities we serve and all those who contribute to the work of the police service have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. We recognise that fair treatment for all, both the public and our colleagues alike, is the cornerstone of policing by consent. We are committed to valuing and supporting our staff and will seek to eliminate all forms of harassment and unfair bias.  We will be flexible and adaptable in promoting policies which help to realise the full potential of our diverse workforce. We will strive to sustain public confidence by demonstrating fairness, tolerance and understanding in our dealings with all sections of the community. We will police with integrity and with respect for the rights of the individual. In support of these objectives we will seek to develop a workforce which reflects the communities we serve.

Durham Constabulary Equality Policy

Durham Constabulary is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and to the creation of an entirely non-discriminatory working environment. All individuals shall have an equal opportunity for employment and advancement within the Constabulary on the basis of their ability, performance and aptitude for work. There shall be no discrimination on the grounds of any of the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation or any other unjustifiable requirement. Harassment based on any of the protected characteristics is unacceptable and may constitute serious misconduct. All individuals are to be given encouragement to develop and demonstrate their full potential in order to contribute fully in providing a quality service to the people of County Durham and Darlington.

Hate Crime

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or transgender status.

Hate crime effects victims, families and the wider community and targets people for who they are. It ranges from verbal abuse and harassment to criminal damage and serious assaults. Victims and witnesses are often vulnerable and require a police response that takes account of their particular situation.

Large numbers of people who experience hate crime do not report it to the police because they lack confidence in the police’s willingness to deal with it. Some victims believe that the police are prejudiced, unsympathetic and/or untrustworthy and that making a report will make matters worse. Some victims do not understand what a hate crime is or how to report it. Others believe that hate crimes happen too frequently to report or that what happened to them was not serious enough to report.

The result is that, for some people, hate crime is a part of their daily lives.

Durham Constabulary will not tolerate hate crime. We are committed to supporting and protecting the most vulnerable people and groups within our communities and will deal with hate crime as a priority. Six Community Cohesion Officers throughout the force area provide reassurance and support to victims of hate crime and by adopting a problem solving approach will prevent and reduce hate crime and improve trust and confidence in Durham Constabulary.



  Further information is available on the hate crime link.

 

 

 

 

Hate crimes can be reported using the 101 number or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively reports can be made via the True Vision third party reporting web portal at: http://www.report-it.org.uk/home

Independent Advisory Groups

Independent advisory groups advise on Durham Constabulary’s working practices, policies and procedures from a community perspective. They help us to engage with and understand the needs of all of our communities and to tailor our services to suit their needs.

There are three Independent Advisory Groups which represent the diverse communities of County Durham and Darlington namely:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic IAG
  • Disability IAG
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender IAG

 

Groups meet every three months to facilitate a two way flow of information that promotes a better understanding of the role of the police service and the impact that it has in diverse communities. Recently advice has been sought on changes made to the force operating model and the impact that extreme right wing demonstrations have on minority communities.


Your feedback can be sent to:

Equality Information
Partnerships Branch
Durham Constabulary Headquarters
Aykley Heads
Durham, DH1 5TT

Further information about the Equality Act can be found on the website of the Equality and Human Rights Commission at: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/