In Cleveland, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) works with Cleveland Police to deliver the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) programme.
EDI is supported by the Everyone Matters team. The team is made up of two managers and three officers.
Everyone Matters works with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC,) officers, staff, volunteers and the wider community.
The shared vision is for Cleveland Police:
- To be a working environment, which is supportive and inclusive. To be a place, where officers and staff can develop and be themselves;
- To deliver policing, which is accessible and responsive. To make sure services meet the needs of Cleveland’s communities;
- To run joint services built around equality and inclusion. To improve opportunities for joint working, where partners are confident they can work with the force.
Everyone Matters was set up to make sure EDI practices and values are central to the OPCC, Cleveland Police and the services, which they provide.
The vision is to create an organisation, which encourages people to thrive by valuing difference.
In 2019, staff from Cleveland Police won the Public Sector Award at the Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards. The award was won for work in encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to apply to become a police officer.
Everyone Matters continues to drive cultural change by helping to recruit, develop and keep a diverse work force.
The team engages with and supports staff associations to promote cultural change. It works with Cleveland’s diverse communities and makes sure it is a presence at the heart of them.
Everyone Matters delivers training across Cleveland Police ensuring diversity is embedded throughout the force.
You can contact the team at: email@example.com
All public sector organisations have a legal duty for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.
This is known as the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED.) It came into force in 2011.
Under the law, authorities must consider the following when carrying out their work:
- Getting rid of discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct banned under the Equality Act 2010;
- Promoting equality of opportunity between people, who share a protected characteristic, and people,who don’t;
- Developing good relations between people, who share a protected characteristic, and people, who don’t.
The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination. It sets out the ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone. It covers nine protected characteristics. These are:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy & Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
Cleveland Police must publish information at least once a year to show how it is meeting PSED requirements. It also must set equality objectives at least every four years. These objectives are contained in the OPCC’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2020 – 2025
How we are meeting the Legal Requirements
Equality information helps us understand issues across our organisation and in the services, which we provide. It allows us to address differences between where we are and where we want to be in terms of EDI.
Our equality information includes information relating to people who share protected characteristics, who are:
- Employees, and;
- Communities, affected by our policies and practices
To meet its PSED, Cleveland Police publishes an Annual Equality Report.
The report shows how Cleveland Police meets PSED requirements and how it is progressing towards meeting the objectives in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020-25.
We also publish: