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National Inclusion Survey reveals disabled staff concerns

Analysis of a survey of more than 34,000 police officers and staff found a need to address concerns about career progression and derogatory comments around disability and other protected characteristics, as well as evidence of inclusive teams and endorsement of efforts to tackle bias.

The National Inclusion Survey was conducted in November 2019, providing the first national employee-led assessment of workplace culture in policing in England and Wales. The survey, covering 43 police forces, was analysed by the Policing Research Unit at Durham University.

The survey indicated that when individuals feel able to be their ‘true’ selves without suffering adverse consequences, and when they feel that they are genuinely involved in decision-making in their work teams, they have higher job satisfaction, professional commitment, and improved wellbeing.

Key findings indicating the need for further work included:

  • 41% of disabled people experienced derogatory comments in the workplace about their identity
  • 38% of police officers who identified as having a disability felt that this had a negative effect on their career opportunities
  • 29% police officers and 25% of police staff said they have been regularly treated in a condescending manner, interrupted, put down or not listened to at work. Respondents from minority groups reported this behaviour at higher rate than the average.

National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, Chief Constable Carl Foulkes welcomed participation in the survey, and committed to supporting under-represented groups in career development. On the findings of widespread incivility, he commented: “Our aim is zero-tolerance for derogatory and demeaning behaviour that staff told us causes them distress, anxiety or humiliation.”

Click on the links to go to a summary of the survey findings, or to view a PDF of the analysis by Durham University. ∎

DPA releases coronavirus support video

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented particular challenges for disabled colleagues who are having to adapt to new ways of working. As part of our commitment to support the extended police family, the Disabled Police Association has produced an inspirational video in which members talk about their experiences during lockdown and share advice for maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.

The DPA would like to thank Hertfordshire Constabulary and ACC Nat Briant for their support in producing this film.

Coronavirus advice for supporting disabled employees

The Business Disability Forum has published advice on supporting disabled employees, customers and clients who may be affected by coronavirus COVID-19. The resource, titled ‘Coronavirus and disability: What you need to know’, offers advice on how to support colleagues and customers who have a condition or who are taking medication which means they have a compromised immune system and are therefore more susceptible to catching infections.

For further advice on COVID-19, click on the links below: