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Section 75 Consultation Zone

Equality, Diversity and Good Relations

The PSNI is committed to mainstream equality, diversity and good relations into all its

         Employment Practices
         Service Delivery Processes
         Procurement Exercises

Section 75 requires us, in carrying out our functions and duties, to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity:

  • between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation
  • between men and women generally
  • between persons with a disability and persons without
  • between persons with dependants and persons without.

In addition, without prejudice to its obligations above, the Act requires that we have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group.

The PSNI's Equality, Diversity & Good Relations Strategy outlines how we will meet our obligations in relation to:

  • Section 75 of the NI Act 1998;
  • Section 48 of the Police Act 2000;
  • Section 49A and B of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended) (Disablilty Action Plan), which has been approved by the Equality Comission.

Click here to read the Equality, Diversity & Good Relations Strategy 2012 - 2017.  If you require a paper copy of the strategy or a copy in an alternative format, please contact:


We would like to thank all our consultees whose feedback helped shape the development of this strategy and we look forward to working with you in overseeing the successful delivery of it.

For further details in relation to PSNI Section 75  

Screening Exercises

Equality considerations are central to our policy processes. The main aim of Section 75 is to make sure that equality is at the core of everything we do.

In line with this we are committed to applying screening methods to all new and revised policies and or decisions which have the potential to promote or indeed undermine the promotion of equality and/or good relations.

The Timetable below shows Policy which has been screened  to the end of June 2015.

Section 75 Screening Table

Archived Screening Tables

Section 75 Screening Table (March 2015)

Section 75 Screening Table (December 2014)

Section 75 Screening Timetable (September 2014)

EQIA Consultation Zone

In line with our Equality Diversity and Good relations Strategy 2012-2017 we are committed to applying further screening to all new and revised policy were the policy or proposal is likely to have a significant or major impact in relation to the Equality of Opportunity or the Promotion of Good Relations across the 9 Section 75 categories.

This more detailed screening is called an Equality Impact Assessment or EQIA.

Current EQIA Consultations

EQIA Consultation – Vetting Procedures

The PSNI’s overarching aim is to Keep People Safe through the Policing with the Community. PSNI Vetting Procedures are designed to support and embed this strategy to gain the confidence of the whole community in the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Vetting exists to protect the Police Service, its assets and data from persons and organisations, both internal and external, which may cause harm or detract from our central purpose, vision and values.  It is the aim of vetting to provide an appropriate level of assurance as to the trustworthiness, integrity and probable reliability of all staff and non-police personnel working within the Police estate.

Vetting determinations are made with full cognisance taken of the impact of our decision making; we treat individuals from whatever background with courtesy, fairness and respect.  Vetting Procedures are currently under review.  We have reached the public consultation stage of the EQIA in relation to this review, and, as such, are keen to hear your views during this formal consultation period which will run from 8th June 2015 to 28th August 2015.

EQIA Vetting Procedures – June 2015

EQIA Consultation – PSNI Workforce Plan  

The PSNI is currently developing our Workforce Plan in order to deliver the optimum workforce requirements in terms of people within the PSNI (permanent and temporary) as well as bought in services, to deliver the policing service to the people of Northern Ireland with a specific focus on:

  • Identifying the number of posts – in the staffing mix – we can afford, over the specified period to meet anticipated demands and demographic considerations.
  • Allocating posts to best effect to deliver the policing service.
  • Ensuring pre-recruitment activity is focused on delivering a workforce that is representative of Northern Ireland’s society.
  • Prioritising and planning specific HR activity to meet skills gaps
  • Understanding what people are deployed to do and when they are doing so.

In simple terms, the strategic aim of the Workforce Plan will be to have officers and staff available in the right numbers, in the right places, and doing the right things at the right times to deliver efficient and effective policing in a manner that best meets the needs of local communities and the people of Northern Ireland.

This assessment will be used to understand the impact of actions taken to date and consider the requirement and scope to alter the workforce profile moving forward.

We have reached the public consultation stage of the EQIA in relation to this plan and as such, are keen to hear your views during this formal consultation period, which will run from 6th February 2015 until 1st May 2015.

EQIA Workforce Plan – February 2015 (PDF, 1.0 MB)opens new window

We appreciate your feedback and would welcome the opportunity to meet and discuss your views if you feel this would be useful. To arrange a meeting or request an alternative format of the document, please contact us on 028 90922575 or by email:

Speedy Justice EQIA Overview

Speedy Justice aims to

  • Enable victims of comparatively low level /low impact crimes to be more involved in determining how the crime should be dealt with whilst maintaining the rights of offenders.
  • Offer a method of disposal that is prompt, proportionate to the crime and that will improves victim satisfaction.
  • Afford greater access to justice for victims, with justice done and seen to be done, thus supporting the drive to promote confidence in policing and the Criminal Justice System.
  • Provide a personal police service, thereby avoiding the lengthy, costly and impersonal bureaucracy attached to the formal justice system.
  • The formal consultation process ran from November 30th 2012 until 4.00pm on March 1st 2013.

Speedy Justice EQIA Documentation

Speedy Justice EQIA (PDF, 721.6 KB)opens new window

Speedy Justice EQIA Executive Summary (PDF, 45.7 KB)opens new window

Speedy Justice EQIA Consultation Questionnaire (PDF, 36.3 KB)opens new window

Draft Operational Guidance: When and how to manage disposal of a crime by discretion (PDF, 47.7 KB)opens new window

Draft Operational Guidance: When and how to use streamlined no prosecution files (PDF, 48.0 KB)opens new window

Draft Operational Guidance: When and how to obtain a non-court disposal decision by telephone from the PPS (PDF, 53.5 KB)opens new window

Click here to read Finial Decision Report for Speedy Justice EQIA  (PDF, 438.0 KB)opens new window

Alcohol test Purchasing Procedures EQIA

Alcohol Test Purchasing aims to

  • Reduce the incidence of under-age drinking;
  • Make the purchase of alcohol by minors less likely to occur;
  • Heighten awareness of responsibility to age-proof the sale of alcohol by licensed premises;
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour among adolescents.

The formal consultation process ran from November 30th 2012 until 4.00pm on March 1st 2013.

Click here to read: Alcohol Test Purchasing Procedures EQIA (PDF, 364.3 KB)opens new window

EQIA archive

View equality impact assessments previously carried out by the Police Service.  Continue reading>>

Monitoring and Evaluation Statistics

The PSNI is committed to improving performance using data to identify ‘What Works’.


PSNI Annual Progress Report

Each year the PSNI submits a report to the Equality Commission detailing the progress made under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

If you require a paper copy of a document above or a copy in an alternative format, please contact: