Diversity, Equality and Inclusion within South Yorkshire Police

Date published: 30 June 2021 07:40

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.

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.

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 recruiting@southyorks.pnn.police.uk  for more information on support offered, in particular if you are from the BAME, LGBT+ or Disabled community.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in South Yorkshire Police

The Diversity and Inclusion Unit leads on the recruitment of all underrepresented communities and is based within the HR recruitment team. Its range of focus takes in both external and internal vacancy candidates, for all roles, including:

Police Officer

Student Officer

Special Constable



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, BAME, LGBT+ (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.

The Equality Unit leads on the strategic management of equality, diversity and human rights for South Yorkshire Police. Set within the HR Career Services department, its range of focus takes in the service provided to the public as well as the organisation’s relationship with its workforce.

Core areas of activity for the Equality Unit include:

  • Driving our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy.
  • Gathering, publication and monitoring of the Equality data.
  • Helping to fulfil the community engagement commitment of both the Force and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner with different sections of South Yorkshire public
  • Fostering the widest use of good practice like Positive Action where under-representation occurs and Equality Analysis in the management of change
  • The continuing professional development of a broad range of roles in equality, diversity and human rights responsibilities

We are proud that we are included in the top 50 most Inclusive Companies in the UK.

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

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.

If you want to find out more about a career with us email: recruiting@southyorks.pnn.police.uk