Our country is a rich and diverse one, made up of many different communities who bring a wide range of skills, experiences and cultures to bear on the way in which we live and work. Related changes in workforce legislation have helped raise the public’s awareness of prejudice and unfairness and have improved the profile of equality and diversity issues across Scotland. Ongoing changes in the workplace and improvements in society generally have also helped to provide representation and voice for many different groups to make a real difference to those living in Scotland.
Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority want to be an employer which values its different communities, fosters respect for diversity, challenges prejudice and discrimination and supports justice and equality for all.
As a result, we are committed to mainstreaming equality across policing in Scotland, by merging equality and diversity into our approach to people management and development and business planning and ensuring that the equality implications of our day to day decision making are considered alongside all other factors when maintaining policing, promoting policing principles, delivering continuous improvement and holding the Chief Constable to account.
The Equality Act 2010 sets out nine protected characteristics under which protection and redress are afforded. These are:
- Gender reassignment
- Marriage and civil partnership
- Pregnancy and maternity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
Scottish Ministers introduced regulations in May 2012 placing specific duties on Scotland’s public authorities. These are known as the Scottish Specific Duties and include;
- Duty to report progress on mainstreaming the equality duty
- Duty to publish equality outcomes and report progress
- Duty to assess and review policies and practices
- Duty to gather and use employee information
- Duty to publish gender pay gap information
- Duty to publish statements on equal pay, etc.
- Duty to consider award criteria and conditions in relation to public procurement
- Duty to publish in a manner that is accessible, etc.
This area of the internet will be utilised to provide updates on these duties and on other specific pieces of work and activities being undertaken to promote Equality and Diversity throughout the service.