Equality duties and objectives

How West Yorkshire Police will meet its duties under the Equality Act 2010

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Strategy

Our Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Strategy brings together the various aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion that fall within policing boundaries, and strives to achieve a police service that has the trust and confidence of all communities and reflects the communities it serves.  The strategy recognises that equality, diversity and human rights are an integral part of everyday business and is the responsibility of every individual involved or connected with West Yorkshire Police in whatever capacity.

West Yorkshire Police is a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) under the Department of Work and Pensions Disability Confident Scheme.

When reviewing or developing new policies, projects and working practices, Equality & Human Rights Assessments are carried out to ensure that people’s basic rights and the needs of diverse communities and individuals, such as those who may be the most disadvantaged or excluded in society, are consciously and properly considered.  


Equality Objectives 

The West Yorkshire Police equality objectives align with the Police and Crime Plan 2021-2024, and National Police Chief Council's Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Strategy.

  • Objective 1
    Recruit, develop and retain a diverse and inclusive, flexible workforce which reflects the communities we serve to help the police service in West Yorkshire understand and protect our communities. 
  • Objective 2
    Scrutinise, monitor and improve our processes to ensure equality and fairness is transparent and embedded into everything we do. 
  • Objective 3
    Ensure robust analysis of all workforce and service delivery data to identify areas of concern or disparity to inform organisational priority and training and development needs. 
  • Objective 4
    Create safer and more confident communities in tackling the under reporting of hate crime and incidents.  
  • Objective 5
    Improve our understanding of communities so we can treat everyone as individuals according to their needs. 
  • Objective 6
    Strengthen our relationships with partners through collaborative working to improve service delivery and increase public confidence. 

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Equality information 

West Yorkshire Police, as required by other public bodies with more than 150 employees in the UK, must publish information to show how we comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act 2010.  You can find out more information about the Act and the Duty at the GOV.UK website.

Our annual equality information is published in two reports:-

  • Equality data - how we deliver our services and about our workforce
  • Equality Objectives progress report 

Publications to view on-line or download


Archive Equality Information

Click here to view our Archive Equality Information


If you require our equality information in an alternative format, please contact us to request or discuss your needs.

The commitment we make to the equality duty does not affect our other duties, such as the access to information provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

In addition, further West Yorkshire data can be accessed from POLICE.UK


Page last reviewed November 2022