Equality and diversity

We work with forces to support their delivery of effective and responsive policing to the diverse communities they serve, and equality of opportunity for the people they employ.

Our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) unit has an operational team which supports forces to meet the public's equality needs, and a corporate team which helps the College meet its own equality targets.

You can find details of some of our equality and diversity work strands by following the links on the left side of this page.

Public sector Equality duty

In its commitment to demonstrate good practice, the College abides to the principles of the Equality Act 2010's public sector Equality Duty in shaping policy, delivering services and supporting the police service. We are committed to embedding equality considerations into everything we do.

To demonstrate how we pay due regard to the general Equality Duty's aims, we monitor our policies and provide equality analysis to determine the impact of existing or proposed policy on protected characteristic groups. We analyse employee monitoring data and will publish this in the College's annual report, in line with our business planning cycle. We use stakeholder reports and recommendations, along with a proportionate use of  equality analysis, to assist our progress in delivering equality outcomes.

Under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011, police forces are listed bodies (under schedule 19) and comply with the non-devolved general and specific duties under the Equality Act 2010. We work with forces to support them in meeting their equality duties.

Equality strategy

The College is currently producing a revised Equality Strategy to replace the 2009 version. The revised Equality Strategy will be published on this website.

Independent advisory groups advice 2015

Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) have been used by constabularies for over a decade. There was concern amongst some forces that the original IAGs had morphed far beyond the initial concept. For other police forces IAGs have stagnated or have ceased to be relevant. Against this backdrop of the College of Policing brought together practitioners from across the country* to re-design the IAG concept and develop new advice that would allow police forces to regain control of IAGs. This advice is also based on extensive consultation with IAG members. To read the new version of the advice click here.

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