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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.

Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

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Diversity is the appreciation that not all people are the same and different people will have different skills, experiences and knowledge.

Equality is ensuring each person is treated fairly and given the same opportunities, regardless of their differences. People face discrimination for a number of reasons, the Equality Act 2010 now protects these characteristics. These characteristics are:

  • age,
  • disability,
  • gender reassignment,
  • marriage and civil partnership,
  • pregnancy and maternity,
  • race,
  • religion and belief,
  • sex
  • sexual orientation.

Understanding equality and diversity has a direct influence on the quality of service we are able to provide to the public.

Please see the related links section for further information on this, and what action you can take if have been the victim of discrimination.

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