The staff support groups play a very important part in the organisation, empowering employees and officers from under-represented groups to have their voice heard at all levels of the organisation. The groups act as a support mechanism for staff and undertake advocacy and representative functions. They also enable the police to consult with and involve staff from a diverse range of groups on a variety of issues including strategic decision making.
Christian Police Association (CPA)
There are many people working in the police service who are Christians and who believe that God is real and relevant to every aspect of life including police work. However, many find that the rigours of shift work and other commitments make it difficult to be fully involved in the life of a local church. The Devon and Cornwall CPA branch has members across the Force area and has its own overarching aim: To encourage staff to live out their Christian lives in the workplace. The basis of membership is a personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Local contact details:
Email: CPA contact form
Telephone: 07889 702316
Black and ethnic minority staff and officers
Support for and communication with black and ethnic minority staff continues is provided locally in a number of other ways:
The Corporate Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) Team
Email: Diversity HQ
National Black Police Association
c/o City of London Police
37 Wood Street
London EC2P 2NQ
Telephone 07921 095262
Devon and Cornwall Police LGBT Network
We are an internal support group for Police Staff, Officers, Volunteers and Contractors who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.
We offer support to staff and managers, offering mentoring and developmental opportunities for LGBT staff across the organisation. We undertake awareness raising activities, deliver community engagement, act as a critical friend to the force, challenging it to improve its services to both staff and the public.
If you would like to get involved in our network or join our mailing list please drop us an email. Alternatively If you are thinking of joining Devon and Cornwall Police and identify as LGBT and want to find out how our Network can support you please drop us an email.
Network contact details
Network Email: LGBT@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @DCP_LGBT
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DCPLGBT
Mental Wellbeing Network
The Mental Wellbeing Network became a formally recognised Staff Support Group in November 2013. Its aim is to promote and support mental wellbeing and it works to deliver the following three objectives:
- Address the stigma of mental illness in the workplace
- Promote awareness of mental wellbeing
- Provide support and effective signposting
Local contact details
Email: Wellbeing contact form
As a support group, network members are committed to enabling the Force to deliver a better quality of service and invest in its staff. The aims are broad and the network relies heavily on a number of subgroups, which will focus on specific areas identified by you as important. These include promotion and development, for example. Through these subgroups, staff will be able to see that the network is active and striving to make an actual difference.
Local contact details
Email: Women's Network contact form