Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity

Equality is about a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner must show how we promote equality and make sure we do not discriminate when providing services and employing people.

In doing so, we have an important role to play in linking communities with their local police service and in ensuring that the service the police delivers is efficient, effective and fair.

Gwent is made up of a socially diverse mix of people with different faiths, ethnic origins and lifestyles, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner represents the interests of all aspects of our local communities by engaging with them and scrutinising their police service making it accountable to local people.

Building on their previously individual equality plans, in 2016 the Commissioner and Chief Constable published a Joint Strategic Equality Plan 2016-2020 which continues their joint commitment to ensure that respect for equality, diversity and human rights underpins the work of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Gwent Police.

The production of a joint Strategic Equality Plan also means that the way in which we monitors and scrutinise Gwent Police’s performance in relation to equality and diversity matters can be more closely linked to the force’s objectives

As an equal opportunities organisation, we are committed to the promotion of equality in the service that we provide to the public, and of equality and diversity within the police authority and the police force. We aim for a culture that is fair and promotes equal opportunities and good relations whilst recognising that people have different needs.

Our Strategic Equality Plan brings together all our equality commitments and explains how we carry out our legal duties and responsibilities under equality legislation.

In October 2010, the Equality Act introduced a Public Sector Equality Duty which requires us, when carrying out 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.

The Equality Duty applies to staff of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, and members of our communities who share protected characteristics. 

For more information, contact Caroline Hawkins on 01633 647175, or e-mail

What are the Protected Characteristics?

There are nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010: