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Posted on Thursday 16 June 2022
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Durham Constabulary has been awarded a top national accreditation as part of its ongoing work as an inclusive employer.

The Department of Work and Pensions has presented the force with the highest level available for The Disability Confident Level 3 Leader Award, which requires a commitment to challenge, support and lead on disability, mental health, and wellbeing.

Durham Constabulary has been a longstanding advocate for wider inclusion and has historically held the former ‘two ticks’ status and most recently held the Level Two Disability Confident Employer accreditation.

The accreditation process highlighted the inclusive working environment within the force, which supports individuals with disabilities, as well as the positive links created with the communities across County Durham and Darlington around disability inclusion.

The award follows the force being named in the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, in recognition of its continued dedication to workplace diversity, equality and inclusion, for the past two years.

Assistant Chief Constable Tonya Antonis, force executive lead for equality, diversity, and inclusion, said: “The achievement of Disability Confident Level 3 Leader status is evidence of our commitment to not only disability inclusion but also reaffirms our ongoing work to build an inclusive culture and a workplace that is reflective of our diverse communities.

“We strive to be a welcoming, accepting, and supportive organisation that is an employer of choice for all.  

“We will continue our disability-confident journey as we move ahead.

“We will look to identify any additional areas for development whereby we can further expand the services, support, and assistance available to members of the organisation as well as to the communities and partners we work with and alongside in County Durham and Darlington.”

Joy Allen, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is a huge achievement and reflects the force's commitment to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all staff and removing any barriers to a policing career.  

“I hope this award encourages other people to consider joining Durham Constabulary by sending out a clear message that the force is a compassionate and supportive employer which prioritises the needs of its workforce and always ensures they are heard and valued.

“I am confident the force will continue to meet the high standards it has already demonstrated by winning this award and will explore fresh ways of championing its employees and fostering a culture that celebrates individuality.” 

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