Equality, diversity and human rights
Equality, diversity and human rights are central to the Force providing an excellent service in preserving life and protecting our communities from harm. A fairer society benefits everyone, and the police service has a key role to play in promoting equality and human rights and tackling discrimination.
Promoting equality,and human rights and respecting diversity are the foundations to creating greater community confidence in the police. The Force's equality, diversity and human rights strategy will be monitored by using the equality standard for the police service as a self-assessment of our progress, which will be verified by the Police and Crime Commissioner and open to public scrutiny.
We aim to build a police service that has the trust and confidence of all communities and a service that reflects the communities it serves.
Working with diverse communities
Over many years Devon and Cornwall Police has been working to recognise the policing needs of individuals and communities from differing backgrounds, which include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion and belief, disability and sexual orientation. We want all of our staff to deliver a service that meets your needs.
During 2012 to 2014 we are working on a programme to assess the current service we provide and develop an effective way of continuing to provide services to diverse communities.
Independent Advisory Group
We have an Independent Advisory Group to bring together people from diverse communities. The group helps set our priorities and objectives to make sure that we deliver the best service we possibly can.
Geographic reference groups
With regular meetings held across Devon and Cornwall, the geographic reference groups bring people from diverse communities together to hold the local police commander to account.
We are looking at how we can improve the way in which we respond to and deal with hate crime. This will be developed over the next two years.