Suffolk Constabulary best police force for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) in Stonewall’s 2016 survey
Suffolk Constabulary has been named as the best police force in the country for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) diversity.
A survey revealed that the force last year provided staff with quality employment policies, training, career development opportunities, and especially support for LGBT employees.
Overall, Suffolk Constabulary was placed in 15th position out of more than 400 organisations nationwide in workplace equality campaigner Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list for 2016, after coming 73rd in 2015.
Temporary deputy chief constable Steve Jupp, of Suffolk Constabulary, said he was “delighted”.
He said: “The principles of diversity, inclusion and equality must sit at the heart of any truly modern and forward thinking organisation.
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“Rising in the rankings so significantly is a fantastic achievement and a reflection of our commitment to being a supportive employer that values its lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.
“We aim to create an inclusive working environment for all our officers and staff, and to provide an inclusive service for all people of Suffolk, regardless of their sexual orientation.”
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The Workplace Equality Index was developed by Stonewall to challenge Britain’s leading employers to create an inclusive working environment for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.
Sergeant Steve Wright, chair of the Norfolk and Suffolk Gay Police Association, said: “Members of the network and the constabulary alike work very hard to make sure the work environment is one where LGBT+ staff can feel comfortable and open.
“With our forthcoming recruitment of police officers, this is an ideal time to show the LGBT+ community of Suffolk that our organisation is one they would be very welcome in.
“We have been in the top 100 for eight years and this is our best ever ranking so we are over the moon to have our hard work recognised.”
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore added: “I am really pleased to see that the constabulary has improved its ranking in Stonewall’s equality list.
“I want policing in this county to be fair and accessible, and to reflect the human rights of all. It is crucially important we treat our workforce with the same respect.
“I am delighted that Stonewall has recognised our commitment to our staff.”