Equality Strategies and Information
Equality Impact Assessments
An Impact Assessment is a method by which organisations can examine themselves to make sure there is no potential for discrimination against a particular group, for example black and minority ethnic people, disabled people and women or men.
The aim of Impact Assessments is to examine functions, policies, provisions, criteria and practices in a structured way to make sure that disproportionately negative effects on a particular group are avoided.
It is also a tool to enable organisations to assess what positive action they can take to promote equality of opportunity and to anticipate the requirements of all their service users and staff. Positive outcomes of interventions to address inequalities should also be measured.
What is the legal requirement for impact assessments?
Since the introduction of the Equality Act 2010, Equality Impact Assessments are no longer a legal requirement in England. However, they continue to be used by public bodies as a way of demonstrating compliance with the public service equality duty. Norfolk Constabulary must show examples of:
- 'due regard’ in its decisions to the elimination of discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited under the Equality Act
- the advancement of equality of opportunity
- the fostering of good relations between persons sharing a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not (for example by tackling prejudice and promoting understanding).
Equality impact assessments are a useful tool in achieving a customer focus and they do not have to cover large areas of work, nor do they have to be very time consuming. You may already have the evidence you need to assess a policy on whether it has an adverse impact on any particular group.
Equality Impact Assessments will facilitate the key strands of police reform:
- confidence and equality
- neighbourhood policing
- citizen focus
- workforce modernisation
Links with other equality strands
It is important that an overarching impact assessment framework is used for all the protected characteristics, although the actual Impact Assessments may be carried out separately and different people may be involved. It is vital that each of the characteristics can be clearly identified within the assessment process and findings. It should also be remembered that people may be affected by several different characteristics:
- disability and gender, age race
- disability and sexual orientation
- faith and belief.
Disability Impact Assessments require the involvement of disabled people at all stages of the process.
How to prioritise which functions or policies to assess:
In order of priority:
- all new functions and policies, including proposed withdrawal of a service
- functions and policies to which substantial change is proposed
- existing functions and policies that have the potential for an adverse impact as identified during the mapping [testing for relevance] stage
- all other functions and policies.
You can view our Equality Impact Assessments here.
Community Advisor Groups
The Constabulary is committed to engaging with all its communities. We do our best to make sure we are meeting your needs by seeking your views and opinions. To do this we meet with many forums and groups, some of which are listed below.
Independent Advisory Group (IAG)
The IAG is a community-led group who independently advise the Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). It has a key role to play in helping to increase the public’s trust and confidence in the police, particularly amongst minority communities. The IAG also helps the police and the PCC to gain a better understanding of the different effects that their policies and functions can have on various communities.
Disability Advisory Forum
The Disability Advisory Group works to ensure that disabled people have a say in the decision making processes of the Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The forum has a key role to play in helping to increase public confidence in the police, particularly amongst disabled people. Members of the forum help us to gain a better understanding of effects our policies and functions have on disabled people through expressing the views and opinions they have gained through personal experiences.
Oasis Transgender Self Help Support Group
Oasis works with the Constabulary to ensure that transgender issues are considered in all our policies and functions. It has a key role to play in helping to increase confidence within the trans community. Through expressing their views and opinions it has helped the Constabulary gain a better understanding of how our policies and procedures can affect the trans community.
Independent Stop Search Scrutiny Panel (ISSSP)
The ISSSP works with the Constabulary to:
- make sure stop and search powers used by Norfolk police officers are lawfully conducted
- recognise that these powers are useful in preventing and detecting crime
- improve the trust and confidence of the community in the way police conduct stop searches by being sensitive to the impact of these powers on individuals
- reduce disproportionately between searches of communities in Norfolk.
Norfolk Constabulary serves a diverse community and we are keen to develop a workforce that reflects this. Read more >>
Hate crime stop and search reports
A hate incident is defined as - any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
A hate crime is defined as – any hate incident which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.
The offender may have targeted you because of your:
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
Hate crime can be particularly nasty, confusing and frightening because someone may be persistently targeting you either with insults, threats or physical attacks. There may also be difficulties in reporting such incidents because of language or cultural barriers or other vulnerabilities but be assured that we can and will do everything we can to help you and where possible prosecute offenders.
Hate crime will not be tolerated in Norfolk and we would encourage you to contact us if you are being targeted or if you know of someone else who is a victim.
We take all forms of hate crime very seriously which is why we developed the Multi Agency Protocol (MAP) – tackling hate crime together partnership. The MAP aims to create a consistent standard for tackling hate crime/incidents across Norfolk, so that victims can be confident in coming forward and reporting, and know what to expect when they do make reports.
You can report a hate crime by:
Phone: Call 101 (Non-emergency number). Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Online: Report a crime online
Non-emergency text messaging: 07786 200777
Minicom: 0845 345 3458
The diversity reports provide a breakdown of our workforce by gender, ethnicity, religion, orientation, disability and age.
- Diversity report 011014.xlsx
- Diversity report 010115.xlsx
- Diversity report 010415.xlsx
- Diversity report Q3 2015-16.xlsx
Strategies & Policies
Our three-year single equality scheme describes how the Constabulary will fulfill its moral, social and legal obligations to put equality at the heart of everything we do.
Norfolk Constabulary Equality Objective
Under the Equality Act 2010, public authorities have a specific duty to publish their equality objectives. This document contains Norfolk Constabulary’s eight Equality Objectives. It also builds upon our three over-arching Equality Priorities which support our three year Single Equality Scheme and Diversity Strategy.
Children and Young People Strategy
This strategy has been developed for the Police in relation to addressing the needs of young people within our communities.