Cheshire Constabulary's equality duty

Cheshire Constabulary’s principal purpose is to make people safe and feel safe.

Our main role is to preserve life and property, uphold the law and prevent crime. Whilst doing this, officers and staff have a legal and moral obligation to treat people fairly and equally. This is underpinned by the Police Code of Ethics.

The Equality Act 2010 introduced the Public Sector Equality Duty, also referred to as the General Equality Duty, which came into effect on the 5th of April 2011.

The General Equality Duty has three aims. It requires public bodies, including Cheshire Constabulary, to have due regard to the need to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it. 

Protected characteristics

The Equality Duty applies to both Police employees and members of our communities who share protected characteristics. There are nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act; age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Our equality objectives 2016-2020

It is important that the police understand the different needs of the people that it serves. Cheshire Constabulary wants to provide a service that is fair and takes everyone’s needs into account, and has a workforce that represents the diverse communities of Cheshire. Our equality objectives are:

  • We’re here when you need us, where you need us
  • We will make the services and information we provide to the public accessible and inclusive, and will work with other organisations to improve the services.
  • We’re here for victims
  • We will increase the confidence of victims to report hate crime, and provide support that will encourage more victims to go through with prosecutions against those who persecute them.
  • We’re here for justice
  • We will demonstrate that we bring offenders to justice whilst making sure that the powers we use and the way we deal with people is appropriate and fair.
  • We’re here for communities
  • We will improve the diversity of the workforce

Take part in our Equality Objectives 2020 review survey