Equality Improvement Model

Police forces can use our Equality Improvement Model to demonstrate their progress against their own equality objectives.

In 2009, the National Policing Improvement Agency produced an Equality Standard for the Police Service, in response to requests for a dedicated improvement tool to support benchmarking and help share effective practices. The College of Policing has now developed an Equality Improvement Model (EIM), enabling forces to focus on local priorities and objectives in key equality areas.

Through a single process for capturing evidence and information, forces can use the EIM to demonstrate their progress against their own equality objectives. This evidence will be suitable for comparison at a national level, and will build the information required to develop equality objectives as required by the Equality Act 2010.

The EIM contains indicators within Operational Policing and People and Culture. It does not have any indicators around organisational processes; effective organisational processes must be in place before activity within Operational Policing and People and Culture can be evidenced.

While the Equality Standard contained 22 units, the EIM has condensed these into 10 units. As there was extensive consultation on the development of the original units in the Equality Standard, further consultation has not been undertaken. The units give forces the flexibility to determine their own local measures and initiatives.

The EIM is an option for forces to use to support implementation of the Equality Strategy, and to meet their duties under the Equality Act public sector equality duty.

The Equality Standard remains available for forces to use (see the list of downloads on the right side of this page), but the College will not be utilising it at a national level.

There is an Equality Standard user community on POLKA, the dedicated online police knowledge area. You will need to be a registered POLKA user to join the community - see our POLKA page for more information.


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