EQUALITY AND INCLUSION OFFICE
The Equality and Inclusion Office includes:
- Equal Employment Opportunity Section
- Heritage Affairs Section
- Recruitment Services Section
Captain Wendell B. Morris, Director
1800 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110
The Equality and Inclusion Office (EIO), located in Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is assigned to the Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Professional Responsibility.
The office mission is to support the core values of the Department, while ensuring fair and equitable treatment of all Department employees, and persons conducting business with the Pennsylvania State Police, and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations pertaining to Equal Employment Opportunity.
The office fulfills its mission by performing the following major functions:
Training and Education: The EIO provides training to employees and supervisors on topics such as workplace sexual harassment identification and prevention, and cultural diversity. Additionally, employees are educated regarding their rights and avenues of recourse under EEO policies and laws.The office also meets with management to discuss EEO objectives and future plans for the Department.
Inquiry/Investigations: The EIO is responsible for ensuring the Department remains proactive in its support of the Commonwealth’s zero tolerance policies relating to acts of sexual harassment, discrimination, and inequitable employment actions. Additional responsibilities include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint reviews. All inquiry/investigations are conducted in a prompt, confidential and professional manner, and are reviewed for appropriate action or referral. Anyone who may have a complaint or compliment concerning an employee of the Pennsylvania State Police may review our compliment/complaint procedures.
Monitoring: The EIO monitors personnel actions by reviewing Equal Employment Review Certificates (EERCs). The review of EERCs assures equal employment opportunities for all qualified persons, including minorities, females and the disabled, in the hiring process. The Commonwealth Contract Compliance Program has been implemented to ensure the Department contracts business with vendors and companies who do not engage in discriminatory employment practices.
Reporting: The Equal Employment Opportunity Plan is disseminated annually to provide Department personnel with information concerning diversity within the Department work force. The plan is also used to implement and support the Commonwealth’s Equal Opportunity Programs. The EIO is also responsible for conducting adverse impact studies, as necessary. EEO Plans and adverse impact studies are forwarded to the Office of Administration, the Commonwealth’s administrator of EEO programs, for review. The EIO also prepares the Department's Contract Compliance Annual Program Report and forwards it to the Department of General Services for review.
Recruitment: The Recruitment Services Section assists in various recruitment efforts throughout the Commonwealth by targeting under-represented groups, and monitors hiring practices to ensure the Department maintains a diverse workforce. Recruitment activities include attending conferences, workshops and meetings with women and minority organizations.