Equality and diversity

We promote fair treatment and opportunity for everyone.

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What this means for us

We consider equality and diversity issues in everything we do.

We recognise that it is important to communicate well, and not discriminate or show bias. 

  • We recognise, respect and celebrate our differences
  • We treat people fairly, and ensure they have equal opportunities
  • We ensure that everybody has a voice and a means to participate. Sometimes this may involve making reasonable adjustments to our usual processes

These are all important to us and we aim to reflect this through our policies and in our practice as an oversight body and employer.

What we can offer you

Our teams will consider your needs at every step.  

You can use our online application form to request a Complaint Handling Review. However, we can also provide information in different formats. 

For example, a paper copy, in Braille, British Sign Language (BSL) , in large print or in a different language.

Request a different format

Improving our services

You may also be asked to complete equality and diversity form. These forms are anonymous. The details are kept separately from your case files, are confidential and are not shared with anyone out with PIRC.  

Your response to the form helps us understand trends in those who come into contact with the police. We also use it to monitor and improve our services.

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Equality and diversity training

We understand the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our work.

Since the implementation of the Equality Act (2010), publicly-funded bodies have a duty to show how they are meeting the general and specific statutory duties.

One way to do this, is to provide training for staff. 

We also have a dedicated equality, diversity and inclusion staff group. This group works to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into all our policies, procedures and practices.  

We keep our staff up to date with:

  • Equality and diversity training as part of their induction.
  • Regular, mandatory training using expert external providers.
  • Linking into Scottish Government resources.

Discrimination guidelines

Investigating and resolving allegations of discrimination can be challenging. 

However, we know we must meet this challenge to maintain the confidence of all communities and groups.

Therefore, we ask our staff to follow specific guidance. This guidance details how to manage allegations of discrimination when undertaking Investigations or Complaint Handling Reviews.

Discrimination guidelines

Please do not include any personal information, for example information about a complaint or investigation you are involved in. If you would like to share any important information with us, please visit our Contact us page to find out how to get in touch.