Diversity and inclusion

We work with forces to support their delivery of effective and responsive policing to diverse communities.

We assist forces to secure a workplace culture that is inclusive and based on equity and respect, helping to give everyone in the workforce a positive work environment where they can fulfil their potential.


The police service aims to provide a fair and responsive service that engages effectively with the communities it serves. We assist forces to develop policies and practices which build on policing's core organisational values and culture and help to ensure compliance with the public sector equality duty.

It is important to us and the public we serve that policing attracts, develops and retains the best people. To help achieve this, we will support forces to nurture an inclusive culture which enables everyone to contribute and flourish as their true self at work. In turn, this will improve productivity and performance for the public.

The Policing Vision provides us with the policing ambition. By 2025, the police service will be a profession with a workforce that is more representative of the communities it serves. We support diversity and inclusion teams and positive action practitioners in force to achieve this ambition. We also work closely with the staff associations, the Home Office, forces, NPCC and other valued stakeholders. Together, we will make a greater impact on inclusion and diversity than any organisation would do working alone.

We will focus on five key areas:

  • Guidance
  • Peer review
  • Positive action
  • Inclusion
  • Accelerating promotion.

We understand that policies and procedures alone cannot make a change. We will encourage people at all levels and from all groups to recognise, understand and engage with the need for personal and organisational change. Through continued collaboration with our stakeholders, we will ensure that diversity, equality and inclusion remain as key priorities in policing.

If you have access to Knowledge Hub, please join our group: College of Policing Diversity and Inclusion network.

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