What are equality objectives?

The Public Sector Equality Duty (to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations) applies to both our service users and the people we employ (police officers and staff).

On the 10th September 2011, the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 came into force. In order to comply with the Specific Duties, Police Forces in England and Wales are required to produce ‘one or more equality objectives’ that they think they should achieve to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010;
  • Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

Following consultation and engagement with members of our public, and our staff and officers, the following objectives have been agreed as the priorities for the Force over the next 4 years:

  1. To raise awareness of what Hate Crime and Hate Incidents are and how to report them in an attempt to increase the confidence of members of the community to report Hate Crime and Incidents to us;
  2. To ensure that our services are accessible to all minority groups within our communities, and further ensure that they receive the appropriate level of service when they do access them;
  3. To ensure that staff and officers have the appropriate knowledge and resources to take into account our ageing population through service delivery and workforce management;
  4. To provide a high level of service when responding to cases of persons experiencing mental ill health or crisis;
  5. To increase the diversity of our workforce to more accurately reflect the communities we serve, across all ranks and specialisms;
  6. To promote health in the workplace through raising awareness of mental ill health and distress preventative measures with a view to reduce absence on the grounds of psychological sickness.

A full explanation of how we identified those equality objectives, together with the actions we plan to undertake can be found in our Strategic Equality Plan 2016-2020.

Dyfed-Powys Police collaborated with Carmarthenshire County Council, Ceredigion County Council, Powys County Council, Pembrokeshire County Council, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Hywel Dda Health Board, Powys Teaching Health Board, Pembroke National Park and the Welsh Ambulance Trust to create a consultation survey and hold engagement events across the four Local Authority areas.

We also held Focus Groups with our staff and officers to identify what they thought our priorities should be, and identify any actions which we could undertake to meet those objectives.

Full details in relation to our Strategic Equality Plan can be accessed here, with an Executive Summary available here.

The plan is also available in the following formats:

Or watch our British Sign Language video, below:

We will produce an annual report setting out the progress which we have made against the objectives, together with our priorities for the following year. The reports will be published on this webpage for the public to see.

Who do I contact if I need any further information?

If you require any further information then please contact us by:

  • Email: equalityanddiversity@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk
  • Post: Equality and Diversity Team, Dyfed-Powys Police, Police Headquarters, PO Box 99, Llangunnor, Carmarthen, SA31 2PF
  • Telephone: 101
  • Non-emergency text service for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired - Dyfed Powys Police has a non-emergency text service for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired. You do not have to register to use this service but it would assist Dyfed Powys police if you did provide us with your contact details. The mobile number is: 07811 311 908