Dorset Police is launching an equality, diversity and inclusion programme and survey and is asking members of the public to get involved.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is one of the Force’s priorities and a programme of work is underway to ensure Dorset Police is an employer and public service that is diverse and inclusive, while putting equality at the heart of everything we do.

We have teamed up with an independent, external diversity and inclusion provider, Mahogany Inclusion Partners to carry out this anonymous and independent programme.

A series of safe space conversations are to be held in July and an online anonymous survey launches on Monday 20 June 2022 in a bid to understand what is important to the people of Dorset, what works well and where the Force can make improvements.

Assistant Chief Officer Jo Mosley, Director of People and Support Services at Dorset Police, said: “In order to actively build trust and respect for all communities, identities and groups across Dorset, it is crucial that we are diverse and inclusive.
“We know that to be effective in preventing and reducing crime, we need a police force that is trusted, respected and accountable, and one that represents, respects and protects everyone.

“We know that it is not always easy for some individuals to be completely open about their views, so we have engaged an independent, external diversity and inclusion provider to lead this piece of work.
“The team will collate feedback from across the Force and the Dorset community and will confidentially present the insights to the Force and make recommendations for our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. The strategy and action plan will be made publicly available later in the year.

“We need to hear about your thoughts, perspectives and experiences so we can develop a strategy that delivers what our community needs and makes Dorset a truly inclusive police force.”

Mahogany Inclusion Partners are scheduling some confidential safe space conversations, to enable open sharing and understanding of unique experiences. These conversations will be held on the weeks commencing Monday 18 July and Monday 25 July 2022. The link to register your interest will close on Friday 1 July 2022 at 23:59 and the team will confirm your secured time slot subsequently. We are operating these sessions on a first come, first served basis so if you want to take part, please sign up swiftly here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DPEXTSIGNUP

It is expected that conversations will be carried out in groupings, such as: People of Black, Asian, or Mixed heritage People who identify as female People who identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community People who have a visible or non-visible disability or long-term health condition People who do not identify as any of the groups above You can also take part in the Mahogany Inclusion Partners confidential online survey.

The survey is now live and will close on Friday 1 July 2022. It will take no longer than five minutes to complete so please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DPEXTSURVEY to tell us your views.