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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's four 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.
Gwent Police has an active Independent Advisory Group (IAG). The IAG is a group of people who are independent from Gwent Police but work in partnership with us as our 'critical friends' to advise on local and national issues.
The IAGs were established by each police force across England and Wales in response to findings from the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry published in 1999. Information about the IAG and becoming a member can be found here.
Additionally, members of the communities can also become a member of the Community Cohesion Group (CCG), and supports the work of the IAG playing an important role in scrutinising the policies and processes delivered by Gwent Police. Information about the CCG and becoming a member can be found here.
Response to the Liberty and Southall Black Sisters’ super-complaint on policing and immigration status.
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:
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:
As part of our equality duty, Gwent Police: