Representing the communities we serve is central to your Commissioner’s role and responsibilities in Surrey. Our office works to make sure that there are opportunities for every person to influence policing in the county.
Equality and Diversity
The Office of the Commissioner is committed to representing the diversity within Surrey’s communities and upholding the values of equality and inclusion. Read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Procedure below.
As part of their duty to hold the Chief Constable to account, your Commissioner also monitors how the Force meets its own equality and diversity duties:
Like all public sector bodies, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey is obliged to make sure our decisions and activities do not disproportionately disadvantage anyone. We must also identify where we might better promote equality of opportunity. We will make impact assessments of key decisions to ensure that they do not adversely impact the community.
Surrey-i is a local information system which allows residents and public bodies to access, compare and interpret data about communities in Surrey.
Our office, along with local councils and other public bodies, use Surrey-i to help understand the needs of local communities. This is essential when planning local services to meet both current and future needs. We believe that by consulting local people and using the evidence in Surrey-i to inform our decision making we will help make Surrey an even better place to live.
Visit the Surrey-i website to learn more.
A workforce representative of the community it serves
Our office and Surrey Police also work with a number of local groups to ensure that the voice of different communities are reflected in policing. Details of the Surrey Police Independent Advisory Group (IAG) and our links with representative community groups can be found below.
Public bodies with 150 or more employees are also required to publish data on their workforce and demonstrate that they consider how their activities as an employer affect people. See employer data from Surrey Police.
Independent Advisory Group
The Independent Advisory Group seeks to promote local community confidence and to act as a ‘critical friend’ to Surrey Police. The IAG consists of a cross section of Surrey residents, including representatives of our student community. IAG members are appointed for their specialist knowledge, experience and/or links with minority groups and ‘hard to reach’ communities in Surrey.
You can contact the IAG or express your interest in joining, by emailing the Inclusion Team at Surrey Police who will forward your enquiry to the Chair.
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