2023 Shortlisted Nominee
Diversity Team of the Year Award
It is estimated that around 10% of the population has Dyslexia, and after recognising shortcomings in supporting their neurodiverse staff, Lincs Police decided to make this a priority for the force. Launching a support system that saw 14 volunteers train to become internal dyslexia workplace assessors, within 9 months, the force received 82 self-referrals and have implemented low/no-cost workplace adjustments. Through the promotion of tools such as screen overlays, Microsoft accessibility functions and noise-cancelling headphones, Lincs Police have raised significant awareness of Dyslexia and Neurodiversity. During Neurodiversity Awareness Week, they hosted a training webinar, seeking to educate officers, staff, and managers about various neurodiverse conditions. In addition, they have improved the Inspector and Sergeants promotions boards, implementing recommended adjustments for neurodiverse officers. Lincs Police neurodiversity support network has made great strides in accommodating neurodiverse needs and promoting inclusivity.