Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
West Midlands Police are committed to providing the best possible service to our communities, ensuring everyone has fair access to all our services and treating everyone with respect at all times. We aim to integrate equality and human rights into everything we do to deliver a service which meets the needs of our communities and supports our workforce.
Our communities are vastly diverse and therefore promoting equality and human rights and respecting everyone’s diversity is the very cornerstone in creating greater community confidence in the police. Therefore gaining an understanding of everyone’s different needs plays a significant part of our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy which seeks to deliver services accessible to all, that meets the very needs of its communities which is reflected in its workforce and their development, and is developed and evidenced within its very organisational policies and processes.
Our General Equality Duty
Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, introduced a Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires all public authorities, in the exercise of both its internal and external functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act.
- Ensure equality of opportunity between people who have a protected characteristic and those who do not
- Foster good relations between people who have a protected characteristic and those who do not.
In addition, we must also:
- Publish information to show how we comply with the general Equality Duty. and
- Prepare and publish Equality Objectives
Equality Objectives in meeting these Duties.
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy (see related documents) of West Midlands Police, brings together the various aspects of equality, diversity and human rights that fall within policing boundaries, and strives to achieve a police service that has the trust and confidence of all communities and reflects the communities it serves.
When reviewing or developing new policies, projects and working practices, Equality & Human Rights Assessments are carried out to ensure that people’s basic rights and the needs of diverse communities and individuals, especially those who may be the most disadvantaged or excluded in society, are consciously and properly considered.
This due regard will focus on the nine protected characteristics as defined by the Act relating to that of:
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage/Civil Partnership
Independent Advisory Groups
Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) are made up of volunteers from various backgrounds of the local community offering independent advice to the police on local/force policies, strategies, delivery plans and community concerns. The IAG will work towards providing:
- Advice and support on operational and strategic matters.
- Make recommendations to promote trust, confidence, respect, and partnership between the police and its communities.
- Work as a ‘critical friend’ to improve the quality and effectiveness of the work of WMP on community safety and cohesion.
- Advise and support on the impact on its communities as a result of major/critical incidents.
West Midlands Police routinely publish their Diversity and Inclusion strategies. Follow this link to find previous documents along with the most current.