West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire Police serve approximately 2.2 million people living in one of the five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

The area is policed by around 5,000 police officers and 3,600 support staff, including Police Community Support Officers. This makes the Force the fourth largest in the country.

West Yorkshire Police has 21 Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) which are Inspector led and made up of Sergeants, Constables and Police Community Support Officers. Neighbourhood teams are visible and accessible to local communities, providing the familiar face of the service. The teams work closely with communities in defined geographical areas and in partnership to tackle the issues most important to local people.

West Yorkshire Police is Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Workplace Certified for 2019 and 2020.

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West Yorkshire Police is a Diverse and Inclusive Employer

West Yorkshire Police is committed to providing the best possible service to our communities, ensuring everyone has fair access to all our services and treating everyone with respect at all times.  We aim to integrate equality and human rights into everything we do to deliver a service which meets the needs of our communities and supports our workforce.


In accordance with our Purpose and Values, West Yorkshire Police will put our communities first, responding to their needs and concerns, and our officers and staff will act with compassion, humility and respect.  Every police officer, special constable and member of police staff is responsible for delivering a fair and professional service, promoting equality for all.

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Strategy

Our Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Strategy brings together the various aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion that fall within policing boundaries, and strives to achieve a police service that has the trust and confidence of all communities and reflects the communities it serves. The strategy recognizes that equality, diversity and human rights are an integral part of everyday business and is the responsibility of every individual involved or connected with West Yorkshire Police in whatever capacity.


West Yorkshire Police is a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) under the Department of Work and Pensions Disability Confident Scheme.


When reviewing or developing new policies, projects and working practices, Equality & Human Rights Assessments are carried out to ensure that people’s basic rights and the needs of diverse communities and individuals, such as those who may be the most disadvantaged or excluded in society, are consciously and properly considered.

Equality Objective 1

Recruit, develop and retain a diverse and inclusive, flexible workforce which reflects the communities we serve to help the police service in West Yorkshire understand and protect our communities.


Equality Objective 2

Scrutinize, monitor and improve our processes to ensure equality and fairness is transparent and embedded into everything we do.

Equality Objective 3

Ensure robust analysis of all workforce and service delivery data to identify areas of concern or disparity to inform organisational priority and training and development needs. 


Equality Objective 4

Create safer and more confident communities in tackling the under reporting of hate crime and incidents. 

Equality Objective 5

Improve our understanding of communities so we can treat everyone as individuals according to their needs. 


Equality Objective 6

Create safer and more confident communities in tackling the under reporting of hate crime and incidents. 

Why Work at West Yorkshire Police?

We are committed to achieving a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, and in doing so, encourage individuals from minority groups and communities to engage with our recruitment and progression opportunities, as permitted within UK employment equality legislation. West Yorkshire Police values difference and recognises that people with a variety of skills, attitudes and experiences, from diverse backgrounds and cultures, bring fresh ideas and perspectives. Encouraging and harnessing these differences can enhance our organisation by bringing together different viewpoints to continually improve how we deliver our policing service; making our services more approachable and relevant to our communities.



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