Northamptonshire Police aims to provide an efficient and effective policing service that is accessible and responsive, and builds the trust and confidence of the communities we serve.
As an employer, Northamptonshire Police is committed to creating an inclusive environment which promotes and supports inclusivity and respect. We will develop a culture that supports our communities and partners and celebrates all aspects of diversity. Achieving our aim to lead to a working environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation.
Our strategy has two elements and they provide a framework to continue our progress on diversity, equality and inclusion, the delivery of fair outcomes and to ensure legal compliance. In so doing, we will deliver a fair and responsive service that engages effectively with our staff, our partners and our communities and builds on our organisational values and culture.
The two elements are as follows:
1. Our communities and partners
We will work with our communities to deliver meaningful, consistent, high quality, visible and transparent engagement that increases trust and confidence and meets the needs of diverse communities.
We will work with partners to improve the reporting of hate crimes and incidents and better support victims. We will deliver effective and consistently high standards of investigation, recognising that failure to do so has a detrimental impact on the confidence those communities have in the police.
We will engage with our communities, improving communication and building trust and confidence to ensure all communities have a voice.
We will ensure the code of ethics is embedded in all we do and is pivotal in our interactions with those we come into contact with.
We will ensure that the use of powers are used fairly, effectively and legitimately without fear or favour. With the support of our local communities we will make sure these powers are subject to high levels of public scrutiny.
We will work with our partners to develop strategies that enable more effective public service provision across our communities.
2. Our organisation
We will build an inclusive and supportive working environment that encourages development, progression and retention of officers, staff and volunteers. Creating a culture where all staff are engaged, feel valued and where people want to come to work.
We will ensure our values are at the heart of the service we deliver by being honest, fair, approachable and reliable. We will take responsibility for delivering a service that is effective, efficient and legitimate. We will be confident and clear in making decisions that are professional, ethical and ensure we apply the Code of Ethics in our behaviour and professional practice.
We will develop our officers, staff and volunteers to better understand diversity, equality and inclusion and the positive outcomes that will be delivered if this is truly embedded within our organisation.
We will create an inclusive culture where people, no matter their background, feel confident to disclose their characteristics.
To read more about how we are working to delivery in this area, read our diversity, equality and inclusion strategy.