Staff associations

BME Focus Group

The Chief’s BME Focus Group has been established with the purpose of enabling effective engagement with informed opinion upon issues of ethnicity. This is used to help advance equality of opportunity, eliminate discrimination and promote good relations between people of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Since its inception in 2015, the group has developed a growing voice in such arenas as positive action in recruitment, the administration of police complaints and public engagement. The group holds a regular meeting, chaired by the Chief Constable, at which issues can be raised, discussed and addressed.

For membership queries, please contact the group’s administrator:

Disability Support Group

With over 110 of its officers and staff having notified the organisation that they have a disability, South Yorkshire Police has an established Disability Support Group.

The group is chaired by the Director of Finance, Nigel Hiller, and meets quarterly at Carbrook House. It is affiliated with the National Disabled Police Association and the National Police Autism Association.

The group has several purposes. It provides a voice for people with disabilities, so that they can communicate their needs and learn where help is available. In return, they can participate in consultation activity and help influence change.

People who are interested in getting involved in the Disability Support Group can do so by contacting Equality Lead Simon Mellors in HR Career Services:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network

The South Yorkshire Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) network is run by SYP LGB&T employees to provide confidential support, information and advice to individuals who identify as LGB&T within SYP.
The network aims to raise the profile and awareness of LGB&T issues to promote equality and diversity and to have a positive impact within SYP and in policing the LGB&T community.

The network works towards these aims by reducing the feeling of isolation, providing a safe environment to exchange experiences, concerns or fears affecting individuals and by assisting in the development of new and existing staff policies.

Members of the network also link into regional Pride events and to the Police Authority's Independant Advisory Group on LGB&T issues.
The network also extends its confidential information and support service to all employees of SYP with regards to family or work related LGB&T issues.
Co-ordinators for the network are readily available on confidential mobiles or by email and an internal website containing Useful Links, information on civil partnerships and regular updates on news events affecting LGB&T people exists on the SYP intranet site.

South Yorkshire Police Benevolent Friendly Society

The South Yorkshire Police Benevolent Friendly Society exists to meet the welfare needs of serving and retired officers and their families.  This is for police officers only.

Police officers can elect to pay into the Benevolent Society upon joining SYP or at any point in their career.  Deductions (£1.50 per pay day) are made from salary.

The Committee should be made up of representatives from each District and Department (but inevitably there are often some gaps) and members of NARPO (National Association of Retired Police Officers).  Only officers who pay into the Society or who have paid in during their service are entitled to be Committee members.  Meetings are held about four times each year, and the one in June begins with the AGM where the Accountant attends to present the annual accounts, followed by a Committee meeting.

Should you wish to know more about The Benevolent Society please do not hesitate to contact:-

Clive Palmer
Senior Leadership Group

Police HQ
Carbrook House  

5 Carbrook Hall Road

Women's Network

Helping staff to reach their full potential is at the very heart of South Yorkshire Police Women's Network.

The group, which meets on a quarterly basis, is among the many staff associations linked with the force.

It is open to all women and aims to help generate a thriving police service and enable women - whether officer or civilian - to contribute fully to policing.

The network has grown steadily since it was first launched back in January 2002 under the title of SYP Women's Management Group.

The changing police environment saw a substantial review of the group in 2006, during which everything from strategy, aims and structure to business planning and work streaming were considered, including  a re-launch under the name Women's Network

Among the network's main business, is the Gender Agenda - a national initiative designed to highlight the working environment experienced by women in the police service, challenging discrimination and tackling issues like work-life balance, uniform and equipment.

If you would like to speak to any member of the network or feel they could offer you advice in your potential career choice, please email Chairperson Caroline Rollitt