Supported by all 43 Chief Constables in England and Wales, including our own Chief Constable Lisa Winward, the plan aims to address disparities affecting Black communities and the lower levels of trust and confidence in policing.
The plan is built around four key pillars which looks to deliver a police service that is anti-racist and trusted by Black people, ensuring they feel
protected - we will deliver a police service that protects Black people from crime, and seeks justice for Black victims
not over-policed – we will deliver a police service that is fair, respectful and equitable in its actions towards Black people
involved – we will deliver a police service that routinely involves Black people in its governance
represented – we will deliver a police service that is representative of Black people, and supports its Black officers, staff and volunteers
What does this mean for North Yorkshire Police?
Since the launch of the Plan we have been working to embed the Police Race Action Plan into every aspect of the organisation and the service we deliver, to ensure inclusivity, diversity and equality are at the heart of North Yorkshire Police's organisational culture and service delivery.
Since the launch of the plan, we’ve engaged with our communities and workforce to shape our diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) objectives, the result being a new Diversity, Equality and Inclusion strategy which has been developed and launched across the organisation.
We’ve invested in our Positive Action team, who work across every department to ensure that our workforce fully represents the communities we serve. The team are involved in every aspect of North Yorkshire Police, from recruitment, career progression and retention of staff to ensuring the integrity of our policies, procedures and practices, ensuring they enhance public trust.
We have local Independent Advisory Groups based in York and Selby, Harrogate and Scarborough as well as a Strategic Independent Advisory Group chaired by Assistant Chief Constable Elliot Foskett. The groups facilitate and encourage the active involvement of people from diverse groups to provide insight and guidance, by acting as a critical friend and advisor on wide ranging policy objectives and create partnerships between the police and all sections of the community.
But we realise there is more to do to achieve our goal of being an institutionally inclusive police force, and we are fully committed to being a proactively anti-racist police force.
How can you support our Race Action Plan?
The support and guidance of our local communities is key to successfully embedding the plan into everything we do.
If you are interested in becoming a member or one of our Independent Advisory Groups, please contact [email protected]
Our Positive Action team would welcome any discussions around our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and Police Race Action Plan objectives. Please email [email protected]
If you would like to share your thoughts and ideas on how we can drive the plan forward together, please provide your feedback by completing this short, anonymous online form. The feedback you give will help us to shape the activities that will form our plan and contribute to improvements within our organisation and in our interactions with our communities and partners