Message from The PCC
As Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, I am responsible for representing the people of County Durham and Darlington to ensure that the service provided by the police is efficient and effective. As your PCC I take equality, diversity and human rights matters in policing seriously and want to ensure that residents within County Durham and Darlington are delivered a policing service which is equal and inclusive to all, as every person has a right to feel safe in their own environment and live free from crime.
Further information: Equality, Diversity and Human Rights in policing for County Durham and Darlington
The Public Sector Equality Duty, which came into force on 5 April 2011, places a legal duty on public authorities to take account of the need to get rid of unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation as well as to promote equal opportunities and encourage good relations between everyone. The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 amended the Equality Act 2010 to make the Public Sector Equality Duty apply to PCCs and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. As part of this, PCC's must abide by the General Equality Duty.
What is the Public Sector Equality Duty?
The Public Sector Equality Duty is made up of two main areas, the Specific Duty and the General Duty.
The Specific Duty:
The Specific Duty requires public bodies (including Durham Constabulary) to publish information (at least once a year) to show how they are complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty, as well as set equality objectives (at least every four years).
The General Duty (applicable to PCCs):
This requires public bodies, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it
- foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it.
What are the protected characteristics?
The protected characteristics are:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity
- religion or belief, and
- sexual orientation
What does this mean for police officers and staff?
As well as his own equality and diversity duties in complying with the Public Sector Equality Duty, your PCC also has responsibilities for the monitoring of equality and diversity matters within Durham Constabulary, both internal for staff (e.g. recruitment, employment monitoring, Human Rights etc.) as well ensuring that Durham Constabulary adheres to the Equality Act 2010 as part of its own duty to serve the public. As well as the General Duty (mentioned above), police forces must also abide by the Specific Duty:
Monitoring equality within Durham Constabulary
Equality, diversity and human rights performance is monitored quarterly through the force's Executive Team. Please visit Durham Constabulary's website for full details about the force's equality and diversity strategy, policies, statistics and equality objectives.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
This can be committed against a person or property.
If you feel you have been a victim of a hate crime and would like to report it, or for further information, please visit the True Vision website at: http://www.report-it.org.uk/what_is_hate_crime. You can also visit our Contact the Police page for information about contacting Durham Constabulary.
Hate Crime Seminar - April 2013
Hate Crime is one of my personal priorities andI held my first Hate Crime seminar in April 2013 with partner organisations (including the public, voluntary and private sector) to address hate crime related issues and address the gaps in service delivery
I want to ensure that by working together, we can help to increase confidence for members of the public so that they feel they can report these crimes, instead of suffering from this type of abuse as part of their daily lives.
Please click here to download the newsletter following the seminar, detailing the actions going forward.
Hate Crime Seminar - June 2014
PCC The PCC will host his second Hate Crime seminar on 3rd June 2014. Further information about the event will be added to our website after this date.
'Standing by' people with a learning disability
Your has PCC signed up to Mencap's police promise to stand by people with a learning disability. See the Press Release issued on 8 January 2013 for further information.
Please visit Mencap's website for further information about the Police Promise.