Gwent is an area of contrasts; a bustling city, historic towns and small, rural communities. We have a growing ethnic minority population, particularly in Newport, which is also one of Wales' 4 Border Agency dispersal areas for Asylum Seekers.
Some of our communities are amongst the most deprived in the UK, and some the most affluent. We have a higher than average proportion of disabled people living in Gwent, and a growing number of Welsh speakers. This diversity creates unique challenges for the police officers and staff that live and work here, and all of us have a strong commitment to valuing difference and encouraging inclusivity - both within our organisation and through the service we provide.
Our General Equality Duty
In October 2010, the Equality Act introduced a Public Sector General Equality Duty, which requires Gwent Police, in the exercise of both our internal and external functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
What are Protected Characteristics?
Our Equality Duty applies to both Police personnel and members of our communities who share 'Protected Characteristics'. There are 9 Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act; Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation.
What is Gwent Police doing?
As part of our Equality Duty, Gwent Police:
- Have published a 4 year Strategic Equality Plan which includes key objectives around areas like employment, hate crime, stop and search and domestic abuse
- Publish an annual report on our Strategic Equality Plan which tells you how well we are doing and the progress we have made against our Equality Objectives
- Publish annual Equality Information relating to the protected characteristics of our employees and the protected characteristics of people affected by our policies and practices
- Continue to assess the impact of our proposed policies and practices against our General Equality Duty by using our Equality Impact Assessment process. EIAs are published alongside policies on our Policies and Procedures page of the website
You can find out more about the Equality Act 2010 here