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Inclusion, diversity and equality

Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. We're committed to providing a positive and inclusive environment where officers from all backgrounds and identities can succeed and make a real difference in the fight against serious and organised crime.

An inclusive workplace

The diversity of our officers and the range of skills, perspectives and life experiences they bring to their roles help make our response to serious and organised crime more effective.

We want to recruit and retain the very best and broadest diversity of officers, and to build a workforce that reflects modern Britain and the communities we serve. 

Whatever your background or identity, if you have the skills we're looking for there could be a place for you in the National Crime Agency.

NCA network groups

Officers walking in Pride march with NCA flagNCA diversity groups are also an opportunity for officers to meet, share ideas and raise concerns about issues that affect them. We involve our diversity groups in all aspects of working life and consult them when we are considering changes.

The Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (IDE) working group maintains oversight across all protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation).

The IDE working group works closely with our diversity groups and inclusion diversity and equality representatives to raise and resolve issues. 

NCA diversity groups include:

  • Disability Network Advisory Group: provides information and advice to officers on disability issues; works with the Occupational Health and Welfare Department, Business Disability Forum, and Mind. We also support work placements for wounded, injured and sick servicemen who can no longer continue in their chosen careers, due to disability. 
  • Ethnic Minority Network Support Association: resolves workplace issues about ethnicity, race, colour or nationality, religion or belief; works with Race for Opportunity, National Black Police Association, and Religious Belief Forum.
  • Gender Equality Group: provides advice and support to officers of all gender identities and gender expressions on gender-related issues in the workplace and advises the NCA on gender concerns relating to policies, procedures and best practices, working in partnership with the Cross-Government Women’s Network and the British Association of Women in Policing.
  • EMBRACE, the NCA's group for LGBT+ officers and their allies, provides advice on sexual orientation, trans, and gender identity issues in and outside the workplace; works with Stonewall, the National Police LGBT Network, Civil Service LGBT+ Network and others.
  • Flexible Working Group: promotes a balanced work and personal life through alternative and flexible working patterns; works with the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.
  • Age Group: advocates for all generations, provides advice and support for people at all stages of their career.
  • Inclusion Alliance: a network where all officers, with or without a protected characteristic (as per Equality Act 2010) can put forward and discuss cross-cutting diversity, inclusion and equality issues from all parts of the NCA. We strive to empower officers to foster an inclusive and diverse culture by working together with fairness and respect.


As an agency we are committed to supporting our LGBT+ officers in the workplace, and work closely with Stonewall. We are a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme and have recently signed up our leaders and our agency to the No Bystanders campaign tackling bullying and abuse toward the LGBT+ community. We have regularly appeared in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list. 

NCA leaders and officers march alongside law enforcement and emergency services personnel at Pride Events across the country to increase our visibility within the LGBT+ community.

Supporting disabled officers

The NCA is signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme, and is recognised as a Disability Confident Leader.

We are committed to ensuring that disability is not a barrier to recruitment or promotion, to provide officers with the support they need in their role and to develop their careers.

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The NCA has achieved a Level 3: Disability Confident Leader status in December 2020; the highest level you can achieve as an organisation under the Disability Confident Scheme. The Disability Confident badge demonstrates our recognition of the value that those with a disability bring to the agency. The NCA aims to attract talent, retain and develop a diverse range of officers, including those with a disability. We recognise how a diverse workforce of officers will help our agency succeed in its mission to disrupt serious and organised crime. 

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