The Disabled Police Association (DPA) is the national body representing disability support networks from police forces across the UK. Our main aim, and a key part of our strategic vision is to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people working within the extended police family. At PurpleSpace we are pleased to count Derbyshire Constabulary, Essex Police and Gwent Police amongst our members.
In June 2019, the DPA held its inaugural annual conference, an international first in policing. The event, with the theme ‘Enable rather than Disable’, was supported by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), Hertfordshire Constabulary Chief Constable Charlie Hall, and Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.
DPA president Dr Robert Gurney said: “The aim of the event was to bring together those who work within policing and live with disabilities to provide support and advice, share good practice in relation to supporting officers and staff with disabilities, and explore some of the barriers that they face at work”.