Chief Constable Mike Veale and PCC Barry Coppinger with the Gold Equality Standard
Cleveland Police has become for the first police force in the country to receive an externally recognised equality accreditation, for progress made by the Everyone Matters Programme.
The force were presented with the Gold Equality Standard at the North East Equality Awards last night (Thursday 26 October), for planning and promoting good equality and diversity practices in the workplace.
Everyone Matters is a joint initiative between the Police and Crime Commissioner and the police to embed the ethos of equality, diversity and human rights – in policy and in practice.
The programme covers a wide range of activity, including the PCC’s investment in additional roles to support diverse communities across Cleveland and cultural awareness sessions for staff to gain knowledge about diverse groups.
The force were also praised for the range of support networks for staff and officers and Diversi-tees, a mentoring programme between officers and students in partnership with Teesside University.
PCC Barry Coppinger collected the award on behalf of the force. He said: “What makes any organisation great is the diversity of the people who work there and how their unique experiences make them an asset to have.
“The Everyone Matters programme has made real strides making Cleveland Police an accessible, inclusive organisation that places equality at the heart of how they look after staff and how they best serve communities.
“This award is recognition of the all of positive changes the force has already made in making them a national lead in this field and I look forward to seeing further developments.”
Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “Cleveland Police are on an important journey of organisational and cultural change and I’m delighted to see the force recognised for its commitment to equality and diversity.
“The communities we serve are constantly changing, which is why it is so important that officers and staff educate themselves and embrace diverse lifestyles and backgrounds.
“I’m committed to continuing the important progress we have already made and making equality, diversity and human rights integral to our policing.”
Posted on Friday 26th October 2018