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.
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.
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:
marriage and civil partnership
pregnancy and maternity
religion or belief
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.