The CPS commitment to inclusion and equality is at the heart of how we work.
It is important to us both as an employer and in the way we approach our responsibilities as a prosecuting authority. The two are closely linked - supporting a diverse workforce allows us to provide a better service to the public.
Our three-year inclusion and community engagement strategy sets out our ambition to build on strong foundations, making sure we continue to lead the way on promoting fairness, equality, diversity and inclusion across the criminal justice system.
While we have a diverse workforce nationally, there is more we can do at all levels and in different geographical regions. We commit to creating an inclusive working environment for all our people, to ensure that we fully reflect our communities.
We have achieved a lot through engaging with the communities we serve, but there is more we can do to build strong partnerships. Our casework scrutiny panels have built community confidence, but should be further strengthened to support improvements in casework. Our approach goes well beyond meeting our statutory obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
Our core purpose is to provide a high quality prosecution service. CPS 2020 sets out how we do that, with a focus on high quality casework, the success of our people, public confidence, and a commitment to continuously improving. This new strategy will support all four of these priorities.
Baljit Ubhey, Director of Prosecution Policy & Inclusion, says “Inclusion and community engagement is not a standalone initiative, but is central to everything the CPS does.” Mark Summerfield, Director of Human Resources, also says, “We continue to learn how to improve and this strategy builds on the work we have undertaken to date, providing a framework to take diversity and inclusion forward.”
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