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OPCC equality objectives 2021-2025

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has published its equality objectives for the period 2021-2025.

Objective 1

To develop a greater understanding of the needs of diverse communities within the OPCC and to capture the voice of lived experience in our work.

OPCC as an employer

  • To increase knowledge and confidence of all staff on issues relating to Equality and Diversity through provision of adequate training, to be refreshed annually
  • To recognise the needs of diverse groups within our workforce and ensure appropriate support is available for all OPCC staff and volunteers

OPCC as a scrutineer

  • To ensure those with lived experience and diverse communities inform and complement the work of the OPCC’s scrutiny programme
  • To examine the treatment of those with protected characteristics through the development of a Victims Code of Practice scrutiny panel
  • To monitor the appropriateness of Out of Court Disposals (OOCD) for hate crime offences through the multi-agency OOCD scrutiny panel

OPCC as a commissioner

  • To evaluate the efficacy and accessibility of recovery services for people who have experienced hate crime and violence by working with the Strategic Delivery Partner
  • To ensure the voices of those with lived experience help shape new OPCC policies and services through engagement with lived experience advisors and the wider community

Objective 2

To widen the reach of the OPCC’s communications and engagement to improve our connection with diverse communities across Devon and Cornwall

OPCC as an employer

  • To attract a broader range of applicants to roles within the OPCC, particularly people from minoritized communities. This will be informed by engagement with under-represented groups in our communities and their experiences

OPCC as a scrutineer

  • To undertake a Communications, Connectivity and Public Contact Scrutiny review to examine how effectively the OPCC hears the voices of under-represented communities and how this informs its work and decision making

OPCC as a commissioner

  • To ensure our services are more accessible to diverse groups through community engagement and the roll-out and implementation of an OPCC lived experience advisor scheme
  • Ensure that commissioned providers have robust standards in place in respect of equality and diversity and are improving outcomes for diverse groups