Diversity, Equality and Inclusion within South Yorkshire Police

Date published: 24 March 2023 08:38

Team SYP – leading the way in Diversity, Equality and Inclusion within policing

We are an organisation that welcomes, supports, encourages and values all staff and officers (including Special Constables, Volunteers and Cadets) from underrepresented communities.

Good policing is about contact with new ideas, and diversity in people creates diversity of thought. By increasing our own diversity, we are better able to protect and serve all our communities.

We are working towards creating a socially diverse workforce, where everyone can be themselves, with confidence, and where everyone embraces each other’s unique individuality, backgrounds and heritage, strengths and skills. Diverse, inclusive teams solve problems better and develop a broader and more understanding police force.

There is no hierarchy of diversity within Team SYP, but an ethos of balance, based upon merit. From our Chief Constable down, we strive to be a truly inclusive organisation, where individuals can excel while being who they really are.

Regardless of your race, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, sex, marital/partnership status, age or disability – we want to hear from you! Please email positiveaction@southyorks.pnn.police.uk for more information on support offered, in particular if you are disabled, from a minority ethnic background, female or LGBT+.

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Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in South Yorkshire Police

The Talent Acquisition Team lead on the recruitment of all underrepresented communities and are based within the HR recruitment team. The team's range of focus takes in both external and internal vacancy candidates, for all roles, including:

  • Police Officer
  • Student Officer
  • Special Constable
  • Volunteers
  • Staff

We encourage and support candidates from our underrepresented communities who wish to apply for roles within South Yorkshire Police, however, all candidates are assessed on their own merit and capability. Our predominate areas of under representation are currently:

Disability and Minority Ethnic Groups (all roles)

Females are also currently underrepresented in police officer roles and males are currently underrepresented in staff roles.

If you would like more information about the work we are doing please email: positiveaction@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.

Our Staff Associations and Networks

We hope to ensure that current and potential employees, feel valued and supported throughout their career.

We have a number of staff networks and diverse mentors that can be accessed and support you during your career. From social interaction, peer support and personal development, our staff networks and mentors, run by our own staff and officers, bring people together from all our underrepresented communities.

You can view short videos from some of our associations below. For more information on any of these, or how we can support you, email positiveaction@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.