Impact and Insights Report 2020/21
Diversity and talent
WEAVING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR PROGRAMMES
Diversity and inclusion is central to curriculum content, practical training and our unique support offering for every individual on our programmes.
Ensuring that our participants are well-equipped and supported to serve the diverse communities they work within is vitally important. As such, we deliver anti-racism training as well as lessons on policing diverse communities and difference and inclusion at the very beginning of our programmes. Guest speakers from diverse backgrounds educate, inspire, and encourage discussion amongst our participants during initial training. Analysis of Police Now data shows that 93% of National Graduate Leadership Programme participants felt comfortable discussing diversity and inclusion with their colleagues at the end of the 2020 Police Now Academy1.
As part of our diversity and inclusion strategy, we piloted a number of participant-led Affinity Networks in June 2020, to encourage open conversations about diversity and inclusion, information sharing, collaboration, and support for those joining our programmes. Following a successful launch of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, Women in Policing, LGBTQ+, Parents and Carers and Neurodiversity networks, this support offering is set to develop and grow for future cohorts. Leadership Development Officers are also on hand to support all participants on an individual basis, providing coaching, encouragement, and advice on a wide range of topics, including matters relating to racism, discrimination, and bias.