Welcome to the Disabled Police Association

The Disabled Police Association is a national body representing staff disability networks from police forces across the UK. Our main aim is to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people working within the extended police family.

We offer free membership to members of the UK policing and law enforcement family, and a newsletter subscription for all our supporters. On our website you’ll also find resource pages and our blog.

DPA Mission Statement

The DPA exists to provide strategic engagement with employers and key stakeholders in order to ensure the fair treatment of disabled, injured and ill officers and staff. We aim to support the police service to deliver a fair and equitable service to all sections of the community, and in particular to improve the relationship between the police service and disabled people in society.

What do we do ?

Our Association seeks to ensure the fair treatment of everyone in the police service, but works particularly hard to ensure that it is the ability of disabled officers and staff that is recognised, rather than the employee’s limitations.

National representatives meet four times a year to discuss employment issues within the police service relating to disability, injury and illness. Support for individual officers and staff is provided by Force disability staff networks.

The DPA provides a strategic point of contact for all police disability support networks across the UK, but we hold no financial budget and receive no government funding.

At a national level we work with the Police Federation, Unison and other police staff trade unions, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, College of Policing and police support organisations.