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Essay Title Critically examine the status of equal opportunities within the police service with reference to one or more of the following gender race sexual orientation Introduction Equal opportunities is not only a nonracist and non-sexist philosophy it is a non-sexual orientation notion In these three dimensions race gender and sexual orientation will be considered The conclusion of this essay is that from the three dimensions described it would appear that despite British Society acknowledging these problems British policing is and will remain a long way behind the search for the Holy Grail of equality both within law enforcement and within the broader social life Women minority ethnic group members and those of a different sexual orientation continue to be equal but separate supported by the law but unable to obtain true and complete participation Equal opportunities legislation has been in existence in the United Kingdom for some time This was aimed at improving the wage and job opportunities gap between male and female in the work place The Equal Pay Act EPA 1972 the Sex Discrimination Act SDA 1975 and the Race Relations Act 1975 was framed in an effort to encourage employers to adhere to a code of practice in hiring and retention of employees especially female and the ethnic minorities The legislation sets out to prevent overt discrimination whilst at the same time ensuring that the majority do not perceive an unfair advantage accrues to the minority It was also for equality that the Equal Opportunities Commission EOC and the Commission for Racial equality CRE was formed to examine complaints of discrimination mediate and very occasionally prosecute Leishman Loveday and Savage 2000 However there have been a recent spate of cases which throw this into question giving the appearance that British police forces are not an equal opportunities employers themselves If this is the case we must look more carefully
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