The high standard of equality information published by Derbyshire Constabulary has been highlighted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles commented: “Our force is one of only two in the country to be featured as a case study within the review, and is clearly seen to be at the forefront of good practice.
“Its publication of equality information is commendably transparent and provides valuable, clearly presented details.”
He went on: “Derbyshire Constabulary deserves to be congratulated for its commitment in carrying out this duty and for its eagerness to use it as an opportunity to improve its understanding of our communities. This understanding is invaluable in helping the force to treat everyone individually, fairly and according to their needs.”
In its review of public bodies’ equality information and objectives, the EHRC showed how Derbyshire Constabulary carries out its duty to publish the information, and how it monitors data ranging from stop and searches to hate crime and domestic violence.
The Commission noted that all the equality information provided by the force on its service users follows the same clear structure. It also highlighted how, by gathering information on actual service users, the force can better understand how it is performing. Furthermore, by drawing on its information on potential service users, it can better understand, plan and respond to changing demands.
Derbyshire’s Deputy Chief Constable Alan Goodwin added: “We’re pleased that the EHRC and Commissioner Alan Charles have recognised our commitment to promoting equality issues both within our organisation and externally with the communities we serve.
“It’s important that the communities of Derbyshire have faith in our ability to treat them as individuals and deal with them in a fair way at all times.”
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Posted on Tuesday 25th December 2012