Championing Equality & Diversity in Policing and Criminal Justice

While the APCC’s work on equality, diversity and human rights is led by a designated EDHR (Equalities, Diversity & Human Rights) portfolio, these are cross-cutting issues and we are committed to reflecting and considering in everything that we do. Currently, a working group is bringing together PCC leads from key portfolios to address the issues of racial disparity and disproportionality, including the development and implementation of an Action Plan.

Our priorities for EDHR include:                            

  • Working with our communities to ensure that policing becomes more representative of the communities that it serves.
  • Undertaking work to increase the number and diversity of applicants for chief officer positions.
  • Supporting and enabling PCCs to confidently apply and champion equality and diversity principles.
  • Developing and implementing an action plan and a tool kit to enable PCCs to address race disparity and disproportionality in policing and the criminal justice system.


Latest News

Statement from the Joint Chairs of the APCC Race Disparity Working Group

UPDATED: The Working Group has published its action plan in response to issues and concerns relating to race disparity and disproportionality within policing and the wider criminal justice system.

APCC Response to quarterly Operation Uplift statistics

Joint statement on the quarterly Uplift statistics from APCC Leads for Workforce and EDHR.

Police powers and procedures statistics for England and Wales

Joint statement from the APCC Leads on EDHR and Serious Violence on today's police powers and procedures statistics.

Resources and Publications


APCC’s work on equality and diversity is relevant across all our portfolios, including:

Equality, Diversity & Human Rights

Leading our work to make policing representative of the communities it serves.

Lead: Hardyal Dhindsa, PCC Derbyshire

Deputy: John Campion, PCC West Mercia

Mental Health

Leading our work on mental health.

Lead Matthew Scott, Kent PCC

Transparency & Integrity

Leading our work on reform of police complaints, ethics and transparency and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Lead: Julia Mulligan, PFCC North Yorkshire

Deputy: TBC

Workforce Development

Leading our work on the 20,000 Uplift, workforce planning and pay and conditions.

Kim McGuinness, PCC Northumbria

Deputy: Peter McCall, PCC Cumbria


Leading our work to support victims’ services and to ensure that victims needs are at the heart of national debate and policy on policing and criminal justice.

Lead: Sophie Linden Deputy Mayor, MOPAC
Deputy: Julia Mulligan, PFCC North Yorkshire

Criminal Justice System

Leading our work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, and to support PCCs to join up services locally.

David Lloyd, PCC Hertfordshire

Deputy: Sue Mountstevens, PCC Avon & Somerset


Richard Denham - Policy and Political Group Manager

Leads on Equality, Diversity & Human Rights.

Richard also provides secretariat support to the Labour Police and Crime Commissioners’ Group.


Eddie Smithwick - Senior Policy Officer

Leads on Mental Health & Custody, Prevention, Emergency Services Collaboration and the Alcohol and Substance Misuse portfolio.



Cat McIntyre - Head of Corporate Governance

Leads on Transparency & Integrity and Performance.

Cat is responsible for the co-ordination, management and oversight of corporate governance arrangements across the APCC. 


Andy Tremayne - Senior Policy Manager

Leads on Workforce Development, Citizens in Policing and Police Standards & Leadership. 



Mark Darby - Senior Policy Manager

Mark leads on Victims and the Criminal Justice System