We value diversity and are committed to promoting good community relations and equal opportunities among our employees.

Our statement of intent

Wiltshire Police will eliminate unlawful discrimination and will ensure that no individual or group is directly or indirectly discriminated against for any reason. We will actively promote our core values and behaviours to ensure we are an organisation where diversity is valued and respected so that we understand and work with our communities to make them safe. We will create a culture that values difference and which recognises the benefits a diverse workforce brings to the service we provide to our communities.

Our annual Equality and Diversity Information Report 

Our last Equality and Diversity Statutory Information Report was published in December 2019.

It contains the equality information we hold in relation to the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act.  This includes hate crime, violent crime, stop and search, and use of force data. Other sections detail workforce statistics by gender, ethnicity, age, disability and length of service and the latest victim satisfaction survey results.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy was published in April 2019 and covers the period 2019 to 2021.

Equality Act 2010

The Public Sector Equality Duty came into force in April 2011, covering nine protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Race (ethnic or national origin, colour or nationality)
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability
  • Religion or belief
  • Pregnancy or maternity
  • Gender reassignment
  • Sex
  • Marriage and civil partnership

The Equality Duty has three aims and requires public bodies 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.

Specific duties

This requires public bodies to publish information to demonstrate their compliance with the Equality Duty and Equality objectives. 

Equality Information

We are required to publish equality data and information at least annually, through an annual planning cycle.