Further to concerns raised at an Embracing Diversity Board meeting (the Force’s Strategic Equalities meeting chaired by ACC Liane James) in early 2016 by the Force’s LGB&T Staff Support Network, it was acknowledged that the Force is not yet equipped to support Trans employees and therefore, there is a need to be looking at how it can educate and prepare the workforce and workplace for this. It is also necessary to ensure that the Force is providing a high-level of service to Trans members of the community, and those who identify as having non-binary genders. There is a need to understand how the Force can better serve those members of the public, especially with regards to initial point of contact and custody.
In order to address these concerns, the Gender Identity Working Group was established internally to consider numerous matters including HR practices, internal and external policies and procedures, the collection of gender data on various forms and systems together with guidance and training available in order to gain a better understanding of where the Force is at. This group was chaired by the Force’s Gender Identity Diversity Champion and attended by the relevant heads of department. As well as undertaking internal reviews, the group engaged with the Trans community in order to build relationships and to better understand their needs and experiences. Information and guidance was also sought from other bodies such as Stonewall in order to ensure that any recommendations made to the Embracing Diversity Board were well informed and evidence based.
Further to the work undertaken by the Gender Identity Working Group, a set of recommendations were submitted for the consideration of the Embracing Diversity Board which, having considered the evidence available, the working group deem necessary if we are to make progress in becoming a more Trans Friendly employer and service. A copy of the report including the Recommendations can be found here.
Those recommendations were accepted by the Embracing Diversity Board on the 8th February 2017, and a delivery plan for achieving the same over the next year has now been signed off by Chief Constable Mark Collins.