Everyone Matters – that’s the message from Cleveland Police as the Force launches a consultation on a new approach to equality, diversity and human rights.
Members of the public, police officers and staff have until 30th September to give their views on an in-depth strategy which will focus work in this area for the next four years.
The strategy and consultation forms part of an on-going project entitled Everyone Matters, which has the backing of senior officers and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.
The strategy highlights areas such as hate crime, stop and search, mental health, and victim and witness support. It also looks at ways to build equality into organisational processes and how people working for Cleveland Police can develop their expertise.
Mr. Coppinger has given a firm commitment to the Everyone Matters programme as part of his Investing in Police priority and developing the organisation. The PCC will hold the Chief Constable to account for delivering on the strategy.
Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “Everyone Matters is our most comprehensive discussion on equality, diversity and human rights to date. This work cuts across everything we do - whether it be when we answer a call from a distressed victim, when preventing and detecting crime in communities, or through recruiting and retaining our staff – equality and diversity is important and we must get it right.
“We want this strategy to reflect the views of members or the public, and our staff, so that it becomes a living and breathing piece of work. I would urge people to provide their views to assist us in moving forward.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I welcome the work of the Everyone Matters project and the public and staff consultation. Cleveland is a diverse area to live, work and visit and the services that we deliver need to reflect the difference within our communities.
“I’ve highlighted the importance of Everyone Matters in my Police and Crime Plan and the work that we have already begun with Equality North East on making initial improvements.
“Everyone Matters will act as a silver thread through everything that we do and the Chief Constable knows that I will be keeping a close eye on the work around the programme”
The strategy is available to view at https://www.cleveland.police.uk/get-involved/Everyone-Matters-Consultation.aspx.
Posted on Tuesday 13th September 2016