Our Equality Objectives

"The purpose of setting specific, measurable equality objectives is to help listed authorities to better perform the general equality duty, focusing on the outcomes to be achieved. Equality objectives help focus attention on the priority equality issues within an organisation in order to deliver improvements in policy making, service delivery and employment, including resource allocation."

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Please follow the links below, to read more information about our Equality Objectives.

Priorities

  • Ensure that all our communities understand what services Dorset Police delivers, how to access them and what standard of service they can expect
  • Ensure equality of access to services and information
  • Ensure that the range of information we provide is easy to understand
  • Ensure that we communicate effectively with individuals and our communities according to their needs
  • Develop effective measures in relation to Policy and Equality Impact Assessment

 

Outcomes

  • Provide a range of ways for disabled people to access our services
  • Provide a range of information in different formats
  • Provide interpreters and translators so that we can communicate effectively with individuals and our communities according to their needs

 

Measures

  • Number of KINs and breakdown by protected groups
  • Representation in Police Consultation Groups by protected groups
  • Number of interpreters and translators broken down by language
  • Number of website hits on British Sign Language, Easy Read documents, large print, change font size and colour and use of Google translation tool
  • Number of high risk and high equality relevant Policies and Equality Impact Assessments

 

Download more information on Equality Objective 1

Priorities

  • To aspire to achieve a workforce that represents the communities we serve
  • To continue to develop a culture within Dorset Police that includes everyone and recognises, respects and values people’s differences
  • Improve how we recruit, retain and develop officers and staff from diverse communities
  • Ensure that our arrangements to reward and recognise achievement promote equality, diversity and human rights
  • Ensure that the public and the workforce have confidence in our professional standards and misconduct procedures.

 

Outcomes

  • A reduction in grievances and complaints
  • Access to a broader range of skills and experience
  • Increased staff satisfaction and improved public confidence
  • Engagement and consultation with diverse staff support networks on the development of force policy and processes

 

Measures

  • Number of grievances broken down by protected groups
  • Number of dignity at work broken down by protected groups
  • Number of Police Officers, Police Staff, PCSOs, Special Constables and Volunteers broken down by protected group
  • Numbers of staff by representation, recruitment, progression and reasons for leaving the organisation broken down by protected groups
  • Number of training days provided broken down by protected groups
  • Responses to staff surveys broken down by protected groups
  • Responses to the annual 360 staff performance review broken down by protected groups
  • Number of issues raised by staff to the diverse staff support networks
  • Details on consultation undertaken with the diverse staff support networks

 

Download more information on Equality Objective 2

 

Priorities

  • Continue to build equality into our processes for managing performance
  • Ensure we act openly and can be held to account, by consulting and engaging with our communities
  • Ensure that our staff understand how levels of satisfaction can differ according to the perceptions and needs of diverse individuals and communities
  • We will treat each service caller as an individual, listen to and understand their needs and expectations – developed by analysing survey results and developing contact strategy and scripts accordingly
  • We will consult to understand the needs and expectations of all our communities (through surveys and active and meaningful engagement with community groups)
  • We will demonstrate how complaints and dissatisfaction are addressed

 

Outcomes

  • Publication of quarterly People, Confidence and Equality Performance Report to enable public scrutiny of our performance in relation to equality
  • Continued progress with equality strategy action plan including production and development of performance data pack and equality objectives
  • Implementation of engagement strategy (joint with DPA) and engagement toolkit
  • Equality Champions to be a single point of contact for front line staff for tactical advice in relation to equality
  • Police Consultation Groups to provide effective and representative engagement with minority groups
  • Provide an effective on-line feedback facility to enable individuals to give us their suggestions for ways in which we can provide an even better policing service

 

Measures

  • Outcomes from engagement with Police Consultation Groups
  • Number of complaints broken down by protected groups
  • Parity of satisfaction across diverse groups (User Satisfaction Surveys)
  • Review of community plans to identify engagement with diverse groups
  • Analysis of activity undertaken by the Safer Schools and Communities Team
  • Review of feedback from our online facility to identify areas for improvement and any inequalities of service

 

Download more information on Equality Objective 3

Priorities

  • Identify services and strategies that may have a disproportionate effect on diverse communities and take action to tackle any negative effects or results
  • Reassure and demonstrate action to protect people and communities through development and implementation  of the Equality Action Plan
  • Identify and support vulnerable victims and children
  • Develop and monitor suitable measurements around perceptions of hate crime, domestic abuse and harassment
  • Develop a measure around the fostering good relations as part of the equality objectives and performance report
  • Engage and consult with local communities on the development and impact of our policies and processes

 

Outcomes

  • Stronger and more trusting relationships with our communities
  • Publication of quarterly People, Confidence and Equality Performance Report to enable public scrutiny of our performance in relation to equality
  • Continued progress with equality strategy action plan including production and development of performance data pack and equality objectives
  • Implementation of engagement strategy (joint with DPA) and engagement toolkit
  • Implementation of Equality Champions
  • Implementation of Police Consultation Groups
  • Establishment of Stop and Search Champions
  • Establishment of the Safer Schools and Communities Team

 

Measures

  • Analysis of hate crime, serious sexual crime, domestic violence to identify prevalence and impact on diverse groups
  • Analysis of stop and search to monitor disproportionality
  • Analysis of arrests and outcomes from arrest to monitor any disproportionality
  • Outcomes from engagement with Police Consultation Groups
  • Analysis of the findings from survey data by diverse group to improve public confidence and identify areas for development.
  • Analysis of activity undertaken by the Safer Schools and Communities Team

 

Download more information on Equality Objective 4

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