At Lancashire Constabulary, we are committed to providing a service to our communities, which embraces diversity and promotes equality.
We know that engaging with our communities and listening to your views is fundamental to building trust and confidence and we strive to be active leaders in the field of diversity, promoting good practice and providing support to our partners, taking those values and beliefs back into the wider community.
Key to achieving this is our commitment to encourage all of our staff and our leadership to share their ‘lived’ experiences and use open thinking to create new perspectives, give guidance and new direction and to increase understanding of the vibrant backgrounds and lifestyles of the individuals that shape our organisation.
The Equality Act 2010
The Equality Act 2010 represents the culmination of years of debate about how to improve British equality law. It offers individuals stronger protection against discrimination. It gives employers and businesses greater clarity about their responsibilities. And it sets new expectations that public services must treat everyone with dignity and respect.
The Act also places a duty on all public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to achieve the objectives set out under S149 of the act. These duties are:
- Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation, and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act.
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share relevant protected characteristics and people who do not share it.
- Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
The broad purpose of the duty is to ensure that advancement of equality and good relations between our diverse communities are at the forefront of our day to day business.
In order to ensure that work and progress on Equality is visible and transparent; Lancashire Constabulary is obligated to comply with ‘specific duties’ as set out in Section 153 of the Equality Act 2010:
- Publish information to show compliance with the Equality Duty (annually).
- Set and publish one or more equality objectives that it thinks it need to achieve to further any of the aims of the general duty. This should be carried out at least every four years.
As a public body, we are required to set and publish equality objectives every four years. Our VALUING DIFFERENCE & INCLUSION STRATEGY 2017-2020 sets out our objectives for the next four years and illustrates our approach, structured in three strategic themes: OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR PEOPLE and OUR SERVICE. This strategy supports and enables a cultural shift within Lancashire Police, moving away from the traditional term ‘Equality’ and developing a more inclusive environment that values difference by emphasising the values, beliefs and behaviours of all our staff.
In the past, Equality has implied sameness and this is not reflective or a true representation of how our communities experience the everyday world. By valuing difference and embracing inclusion, we can respect, nurture and value the diversity of our communities.
View our VALUING DIFFERENCE & INCLUSION STRATEGY 2017-2020 strategy.