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Monday May 25
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Sussex Police is committed to promoting equality and respect for diversity in the way it serves Sussex in delivering policing and also as an employer.

Whilst the language may have changed over the years, the principles of policing in the UK date back nearly 200 years. In the nineteenth century, Sir Robert Peel developed the principles which defined the ethical requirements police officers must follow in order to be effective.

Sussex Police, at all times, strives to develop and maintain a relationship with local people that gives reality to the fundamental principle that the police are the public and the public are the police; delivering a successful policing service across Sussex, in which people have confidence, is achieved by listening to what local people tell us are their priorities, the style of policing they want and then meeting their needs.

Policing is about putting people first; our values and approach commit us to a service of a consistently high quality. A service that is accessible, responsive and visible and treats people with fairness, respect and dignity.

The delivery of quality services is our first and foremost priority. Making sure that we see things from the public's perspective means speaking with local people, asking them what they want and their views on the changes we're making. Each year, we speak with thousands of people right across Sussex to understand their priorities. These voices feed into our approach and our policies.

For 2012, we conducted a separate survey designed to understand the Equality issues that matter most.  We are committed to providing you with an open and honest service, so we have published the results and what people have told us, in full, here. This work has informed our 2012 Local Policing Plan which sets the strategic direction for the Force. 

Sussex Police aims to be transparent and accountable to local people. We have begun a programme of publishing far more information about our performance than ever before.  In 2012, we began publishing equality data: information about the services we provide and our workforce. This is just a start, and we are encouraging feedback so we can continually improve what we make available.

Independent Advisors

The Sussex Police Strategic Independent Advisory Group (SIAG), which meets on a regular basis, is administered by the Diversity Team. The SIAG provides community perspective and advice on the development and delivery of our services.  Across Sussex, each division has its own Independent Advisory Group (IAG).  This enables us to understand the differing effects local policing can have on various communities and in so doing helps us develop and operate policies and practices that do not exclude, discriminate or have an unjustifiable adverse impact on any particular community.

Equality Champions

Equality Champions, senior police officers and police staff, ensure the Force is well positioned to identify national good practice together with policy and legislative developments at the earliest possible stage.

The Equality Champions make a positive contribution through organisational and community reference groups, where views can be aired on how service delivery and employment policy impacts in practice.  The feedback from the numerous groups now follows a clearly defined road map which, as intended from the outset, enables our key decision makers to respond to issues drawn to their attention by the Equality Champions.

Our Equality Champions cover the portfolios of Age, Disability, Faith and Belief, Gender and Transgender, Gypsies and Travellers, Race and Sexual Orientation.

You can contact the Diversity Team at the following email addresses and telephone numbers:

Dermot Torney

Phone 101 (or 01273 470101) extension 544556

Email dermot.torney@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively you can write to us at:

The Diversity Team, Sussex Police Headquarters, Citizen Focus and Diversity Branch, Corporate Development Department, Malling House, Church Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DZ