The collective goal of our staff networks and associations is to ensure the force promotes a working environment which includes and values all individuals, recognising and celebrating the positive benefits that our diversity bring.
This is achieved by:
Providing support and advice to anyone within the force as and when they need it on anything related to the network subject area.
Representing staff and officers to challenge the status quo and influence force policy, procedure, and practice to improve the working environment and conditions champion change and improvement – empowered to introduce initiatives
Encouraging awareness and facilitate knowledge and understanding of the network topics
Connecting with dedicated champions/ambassadors to ask questions, act as a listening ear when needed and to find out more information on where to go for further support both internally and externally.
Liaising and collaborating with partner agencies and community networks to complement and strengthen the support the networks can provide
Welcoming new recruits who identify with any of the networks and provide a safe space for them to seek any additional support they may require
All are passionate about wanting to ensure Lincolnshire Police attract and recruit and retain and support officers and staff development throughout their careers by making the workplace inclusive and representative of the community we serve.
Our staff networks
Carer's Support Network
The Carers Support Network connects volunteers and employees from across the organisation who have a range of caring responsibilities.
We know that providing care to a loved one is something that will likely impact everyone at some stage in their life, and that the type of care and support you provide may change over time.
Whether supporting a partner, child, parent, or member of extended family the Carer's Support Network available to help at every stage of the journey.
Christian Police Association
The Christian Police Association (CPA) are a dedicated group of officers and staff who have faith in God.
Their aim is to support staff whether they have a faith or not. Policing is unique and can throw up personal challenges that sometimes shake our core values. The CPA offers an opportunity to talk, consider and pray about those challenges and can provide assistance for anyone seeking guidance on faith issues.
The Christian Police Association was formed in 1883 by Catherine Gurney OBE, who also helped set up Police Convalescent Homes around the UK.
There are branches in the majority of Police Forces throughout the UK, and there are links with similar Christian Police fellowships around the world.
Family Support Network
The Family Support Network connects people from across the organisation who are going through similar experiences in their journey to have a family, whether that is fertility treatment, adoption, fostering, maternity, paternity, or baby loss.
It looks at how we, as an organisation, can better support staff going through these experiences.
The network is a way to gather views across the organisation and seek to change in policy and practice and equip line managers with the information to support their staff.
LGBT+ Support Network
The LGBT+ Support Network is responsible for setting and driving the local, regional and national direction and strategy for managing issues involving the LGBT+ Community.
Members of the group provide confidential support to any officer or staff member who identify as LGBT+/ ally or want to learn more.
The Menopause Network is responsible for setting and driving the local, regional and national direction and strategy for managing issues involving the menopause within both Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. Members of the group have developed good practice guides to give assistance to representatives and women both services and have developed a Menopause Risk assessment to support women and managers through the support process.
The Neurodiversity Network encourages a culture of neurodiversity inclusion within Lincolnshire Police. It does this by increasing the understanding of neurodiversity, sharing best practices, supporting officers, and staff and championing good work in the neurodiversity community.
Women's Inclusive Network
The Women's Inclusive Network (WIN) is a supportive and inclusive network, committed to improving the quality of the working environment and providing a support group for officers, staff, special constables and volunteers.
It is passionate about working together with the force to actively promote cultural change and organisational development. WIN is a safe space for anyone who has a concern or needs to talk with someone away from their normal working environment.
SMILE stands for Supporting Minorities in Lincolnshire through Engagement. It is a support network developed for officers and staff, working within Lincolnshire police, who identify as being part of a minority group based on their ethnicity. It is proud to be affiliated to the National Black Police Association (NBPA), although membership is wider.