The police will no longer feature in Stonewall’s workplace equality index, it has been revealed.
The annual list compiled by the charity ranks organisations according to what it sees as the best employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.
In the latest list, Nottinghamshire Police was named as the 39th best in the UK.
This made them the second-highest ranking organisation in the county, behind Nottinghamshire County Council (22nd).
They are also the second-highest police force in the UK, behind Cheshire Constabulary.
But Notts chief constable Craig Guildford said compiling the information to send to the charity took considerable time, which he feels will be better spent tackling other areas of workplace diversity.
Notts Police didn’t clarify how much staff time was spent on compiling the information, nor how much it cost.
The force says it has learned valuable lessons from being involved in the programme, and while it will not appear on the next ranking, it will continue to measure itself using the ranking system in-house as a benchmark.
A report by the police said: “It has been decided that participation in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) will be withdrawn at this time as the force feels while it has learned from participation in the index it wants to explore wider benchmarking tools to develop further and the significant time taken to complete this could reap greater benefits elsewhere.
“However, Nottinghamshire Police will continue to use The Stonewall WEI as a benchmarking tool to enable us to benchmark our work on LGBT+ equality against best practice.”
In 2014, the force was ranked 196th. It then improved to 167th the following year.
The report said: “In 2016 we made incredible progress and increased our ranking to 64th and 35th out of 439 in 2017, our best ranking to date.
“In 2018 our ranking decreased very slightly by four points to 39th out of 434 employers.
“This was due to the changes in the assessment cycle and the additional criteria included within the index to promote trans+ inclusion.
“This ranking made us the second highest ranking force within the index for 2018.”
Craig Guildford said: “We’re focusing on the wider elements of diversity, and the new aspects of diversity.
“We take all the best practice we’ve got but we use our resource sensibly across all strands.
“That was a position we adopted across all staff associations.”
He said time which had been spent submitting information to Stonewall would now be spent looking at improving ‘other areas of diversity’ within the force.
He said: “The resource hasn’t decreased.
“There is a financial cost to it, both in participation but also in the time your employees take to compile and comply with its requirements.
“Sometimes I feel that the balance is a bit one-sided and certainly I would be concerned if my staff associations were concerned, but they’re not.
“Nottinghamshire Police continues to be committed to LGBT+ equality and we are extremely proud to be a Stonewall diversity champion.
“The resource and time needed to make this submission will instead be spread across all strands of diversity underpinned by our staff networks.”