In line with our Equality Diversity and Good Relations Strategy  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 Consultation – PSNI Workforce Plan  

In compliance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act, 1998, the PSNI is committed to carrying out an EQIA on each policy where screening indicates that there may be significant implications in relation to one or more of the nine Section 75 characteristics.

PSNI aims to have a workforce that is representative of the society it serves and on this basis, identified the requirement to retrospectively assess the equality impact of key events and decisions that have had an effect on the PSNI workforce. This assessment was undertaken as part of the programme of work to identify and develop a workforce plan for the PSNI and in accordance with a commitment given by the PSNI in November 2012 to the Northern Ireland Public Accounts Committee.

The PSNI Workforce Plan aims to deliver the optimum workforce requirements in terms of people within the PSNI as well as managed 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 – PSNI 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 is 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.

EQIA Workforce Plan - February 2015 (PDF, 1.0 MB)

Public Consultation:

In February 2015, the PSNI released the draft EQIA report for public consultation. PSNI placed public notices in The Irish News, The Newsletter and The Belfast Telegraph and also promoted the EQIA on the PSNI website, Facebook profile and Twitter account. In addition, PSNI emailed all consultees within the PSNI Equality, Diversity and Good Relations Strategy, 2012 -2017.

Three responses were received in respect of this public consultation from Sinn Féin, Disability Action and Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Summary of Responses:

PSNI welcomed the feedback received as part of this consultation process - please see attached summary of the comments submitted by Sinn Féin, Disability Action and Northern Ireland Policing Board and the PSNI responses to the feedback received.

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. 

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.