Equality, Governance and Scrutiny

Lancashire Constabulary has a strong governance structure to ensure we continually monitor our progress against our objectives and that equality is integrated into our day-to-day business.

To meet our equality objectives, departments across the organisation are responsible for implementing delivery plans, which are progressed and updated through our internal meeting structure.

A representative from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) also attends our strategic Valuing Difference & Inclusion Board to ensure we comply with equality legislation.

Wherever possible we look to use consultation and engagement mechanisms with the public and the workforce to find out how they feel about our progress towards our objectives.

VALUING DIFFERENCE & INCLUSION BOARD (VDIB)This meeting is chaired by our Deputy Chief Constable, and meets regularly to review current equality priorities and objectives as well as looking at national and regional issues to ensure we are better sighted on and responding to the emerging and evolving community needs.

To view the terms of reference for VDIB click here

VALUING DIFFERENCE & INCLUSION PRACTITIONERS (VDIP) –This working group precedes the VDIB and is attended by our diversity specialists situated within each of our 3 divisions. Chaired by the force lead for Equality & Diversity, it ensures implementation of Equality objectives and provides an avenue of feedback from operational processes affecting our communities.

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STAFF ASSOCIATIONS GROUP MEETING

Our staff support networks hold regular informal meetings with the members of our Chief Officer team to discuss issues and initiatives that will help support and develop staff within the organisation.

STRATEGIC HATE CRIME & COHESION GROUP (SHCCG)

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HATE CRIME SCRUTINY PANEL

H8 - Hate doesn't belong here!In June 2017, an internal Strategic Hate Crime Panel was established. Made up of volunteers, this panel assists in evaluating the response and service delivery to victims of hate crime. Its aims include:

  • Identifying ways in which Lancashire Constabulary can improve its service to victims of hate crime.
  • Encourage open and effective means of consultation between Lancashire Constabulary and members of our local communities.
  • Act as a consultation forum at a strategic level to assist in the development and advancement of policies and processes connected to the hate crime agenda.

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BEST USE OF STOP & SEARCH SCRUTINY PANEL

Best use of Stop and Search SchemeLancashire Constabulary is compliant with the Best Use of Stop & Search Scheme (BUSS).

In April 2014 the home secretary recommended that all police forces should introduce the Best Use of Stop & Search Scheme in order to achieve greater transparency, community involvement in the use of stop and search powers and to support a more intelligence-led approach, leading to better outcomes, such as an increase in the Stop & Search positive outcome ratio.

As part of the BUSS and in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) Code of Practice A, the home secretary advised that all police forces in Engalnd and Wales have the arrangements in place for their Stop & Search records to be scrutinised by the communities they serve.

Our panel consists of 10 members and meets quarterly at appropriate locations within the county. The panel review a random sample of Stop Search forms, identifying any concerns, issues and areas of good practice and learning.

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For more information on Stop and Seach

TRANSGENDER CRITICAL SUPPORT GROUP

Our Transgender Critical Support Group was formulated to critically appraise police policies and procedures which may particularly affect trans communities and to act as a critical friend in all aspects of interactions between the police and trans people.

Our aims are:

  • To work in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary.
  • To increase trust and confidence in policing for trans people
  • To increase awareness of trans communities within the police.
  • To provide constructive comments, suggestions and advice to the Constabulary on ways to improve the quality of service delivery to trans people.

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