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 increase the confidence of all communities in Northamptonshire Police. We will be transparent and open, ensuring that our policing powers are used fairly and effectively, welcoming scrutiny of their use. We will identify any instance of disproportionality in our service delivery and address it. We will take ownership of our mistakes and learn from them, removing any institutional defensiveness.
We will work with communities, partners, independent advisory groups and critical friends to develop a service that is accessible and responsive. We will learn from others and share best practice to improve our reach as an organisation and a service. We will build lasting relationships which continuously improve and develop our organisation.
We will learn to engage with all communities within the County in a manner that best suits them. We will strive to ensure that their voices are heard and their concerns are listened to and understood. We will ensure that our community engagement is a core part of our policing role. We will build stronger independent advisory groups and other scrutiny panels which will help us better understand the impact of our service.
Working with our communities we will better understand the prejudice they face and how we can help eliminate it. We will work with partners to improve confidence in reporting hate crimes and incidents, providing better support to victims. We will improve the confidence of all of our communities in Northamptonshire Police by delivering an effective and consistently high standard of investigation.
2. Our organisation
We will use Positive Action and engagement to attract, recruit and retain people form a wide range of backgrounds and communities, creating a truly representative workforce. We will create an environment where people feel confident to disclose their protected characteristics and feel safe and valued for who they are. Our communities will see themselves reflected in our workforce.
We will set our workforce up for success by building an environment and structure that provides equality of opportunity for everyone. We will support the development and progression of our workforce to ensure representation at all levels, creating an environment where people can be the best version of themselves.
We will create a culture where people feel engaged, valued and a part of the organisation, enabling individuals to bring their whole self to work. We will develop a workforce that is motivated, ethical, engaged and takes ownership of issues to achieve success. We recognise that we are all leaders, who have a part to play in creating an institutionally inclusive organisation that will challenge and tackle prejudice and discrimination wherever it is found. Our leaders will be given the skills and knowledge to achieve our aims modelling the behaviours expected of a modern Police Force.