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How Far Have The Police Embraced The Notion Of 'diversity' As A Response To Recent Legislation And Governmental Policy Initiatives?

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The intention of this essay is to explore if and or how the police have adapted and incorporated the notion of diversity into their institution as a response to recent legislation.The first thing to do was to look at the definition of diversity. Diversity in general terms is described as being;a. The fact or quality of being diverse; difference.b. A point or respect in which things differ.For example, variety or multiformity: "Charles Darwin saw in the diversity of species the principles of evolution that operated to generate the species: variation, competition and selection" (Thorndike & Benhart 615/1982)So have the police begun to embrace the notion of diversity? Do they as an organisation accept the differences between peoples and recognise the value of having that difference within the workplace? The difficulty lies with the fact that the police although overall is one body, it is made up of 43 different and completely autonomous parts, each having their own structure and hierarchy. This could create a dilemma for the heads of each body (police service) as to how much of the diversity policy is actually placed upon his or hers individual force to take on. "If the police are to work in a multi-racial society then the force itself must be multi-cultural and there must be a genuine desire on the part of the minority to join the police service. The recruitment of members of minority groups is not a matter of the need of more manpower; it is a very urgent need to create community support for the police (House of Commons 1972/56)(Holdaway, 1991)This statement should and must apply to all groups, whether a visible ethnic minority, gay, disabled, religious beliefs, women etc. There have been a number of legislative mandates issued to try and tackle the problem such as;Sex Discrimination Act 1975 - Brought into combat discrimination against women (primarily) and married women, but covers men and women, but not single people. This was the act that formed the basis for subsequent EO Legislation. It also covers employment issues and service deliveryRace Relations Act 1976 - Covers employment and provision of goods and services. Prevents discrimination on grounds of race, nationality etc.Disability Discrimination Act 1995 - Again covers employment and provision of goods and services. Employers must consider disabled people for employment. Some aspects of the act will not be fully in force until 2004. Offences are committed once equal service is not provided. Section 1 (1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995Sexual Harassment,Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000Brought in as a response to Lawrence report, formalizing recommendations therein. It placed obligation on all public bodies (i.e. police, NHS, local government) to examine policies, procedures for bias (intentional or otherwise). It also brought provision of all police services under S20 Race Relations Act 1976.The introduction of the Race Relations Act 1976, which made it unlawful to discriminate...

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