Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion within Durham Constabulary


The Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner and all at Durham Constabulary are fully committed in the exercise of all of our functions to give due regard to the following in respect of both our staff and the people we serve:-

1. Eliminating unlawful discrimination, prejudice, harassment and victimisation
2. Improving Equality of opportunity between those with protected characteristics and those without, and
3. Fostering good relations between those with protected characteristics and those without

The public sector equality duty which is set out in Section 149 (1) of the Equality Act 2010 outlines the specific legislative requirement of the Force to publish information that evidences how we are fulfilling our requirements around equality and diversity. 

Further information around the Equality 2010 Act can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Website  http://www.equalityhumanrights.com  and on Home Office website   http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/equalities

The Equality Act 2010 has strengthened and streamlined all previous equality legislation and amongst other things has updated and amended the strands of diversity previously covered by anti-discrimination law.  The aim of the Force is to provide targeted, specialist support to members of staff (Police Officers, Police Staff and Special Constables) regardless of gender, rank or grade who are considered to have a protected characteristic as defined by the Act i.e. a person associated with or a member of one of the following groups who are treat less favourably as than those who are not:-

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Religion/Faith
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Pregnancy/Maternity.


We welcome applications from anyone who considers themselves to have a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act 2010.
We are committed to recruiting a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and protect. 
Positive Action
Our force takes part in ‘positive action’, which aims to increase recruitment applications from under-represented groups. People with language skills, different cultures or backgrounds are encouraged to apply to join our organisation.
We are committed to building our relationships with minority communities and encouraging them to join our policing family.

In terms of recruitment and selection no Protected Characteristic will be seen as a bar from anyone wishing to apply to be a member of the organisation or for those already working within the organisation to progress.  All applications will be considered on their own merit. 

For further information in respect of Positive Action and available support through our Positive Action Co-ordinator, please view the 'Join Us' section of this website and click through to 'Recruitment latest position'.

Our Positive Action Co-ordinator can be contacted by emailing Positive.Action@durham.police.uk

For further information please refer to the following PDF files which are available for you to download for viewing or printing:

Durham Constabulary Annual Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Workforce Report 2019 
Statement of Commitment
Recruitment and Selection

Durham Constabulary Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Plan on a Page (POAP) 2020- 2025

Durham Constabulary Inclusion Charter

Alternatively if you have a specific question  or enquiry around Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) please send an e-mail to:

Durham Constabulary Senior EDI Adviser


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