We want our organisation to reflect the diverse range of communities we serve, and are committed to supporting staff, officers and volunteers who may feel under-represented in the workplace.
To help achieve this we are proud to have a range of different staff associations and networks operating within South Wales Police. Their activities serve a dual purpose of providing advice and support to individuals and supporting the organisation in the decisions we make.
Whatever your lifestyle or background, you can expect your colleagues, supervisors, and trainers to support your career development within the organisation.
The networks and associations include:
The CPA exists to be a national voice for Christians in policing and to encourage and support Christians in the policing family. As well as providing a network and support for Christians in South Wales Police, we also hope to build bridges between the Christian community and the Police.
The CPA carries out various activities to support the workforce. We carry out events at Easter, Christmas and on the National Day of Pray for the Police. We also participate in the annual memorial Service, and the National Holocaust Memorial Day. Members receive weekly “Thought for the Week” emails”. We also have book resources, which offer practical advice on areas such as marriage, family, bereavement and debt.
The CPA aim to:
Encourage and support Christians in the police service
Communicate in words, action and lifestyle, the message and hope of Jesus Christ to the colleagues and communities we serve
Build bridges between the Christian community and the police.
The DSN is a supportive network of colleagues within the force of staff who have a disability or living through a disability.
As a network, we aim to ensure that South Wales Police provides an inclusive and supportive working environment for staff to thrive. By making the working lives of disabled staff members more productive and valued, and more focused on capabilities rather than disabilities, you can really change someone’s world.
In addition, we influence polices which may directly or indirectly affect disabled staff ensuring the workplace is inclusive for disabled staff members to be productive and valued, and more focused on capabilities rather than disabilities.
GEN is a supportive network of colleagues from across the force who work together to encourage greater Gender Equality in the workplace.
As a network, we aim to ensure South Wales Police provides a positive working environment for all genders by encouraging fair representation at all ranks and roles. We also work with Chief Officers and Senior Leaders to positively influence policy development and to encourage equal opportunities for female employees to ensure they can maximise their potential and thrive.
As a network, we have 6 key strands that help us achieve our aims:
Maximising potential – focussing on promotion and development opportunities for officers and staff, such as promotion classes, webinars and mentoring/coaching.
BCU/Department Outreach – ensuring local support for officers and staff to raise gender equality issues and to access positive interventions developed by the network. Health and
Wellbeing – ensuring gender specific wellbeing issues such as menopause, Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), pregnancy and parenthood are supported in the workplace.
Work-life Balance – ensuring our members can have a healthy work-life balance through the fair implementation of key initiatives such as flexible and agile working.
He For She – driving forward the He for She agenda, by encouraging male allies to champion Gender Equality by encouraging talent, supporting female specific events and standing up to sexual harassment.
Shared Support – linking in with national and international colleagues to share best practice and the latest developments in gender equality.
SWBPA aims to make South Wales a safer and more peaceful place, where the public, especially those who are young, vulnerable or from minority ethnic communities, have a high degree of confidence in their police.
Members of the association have an important role to play in achieving this aim, since they are first and foremost part of the minority ethnic communities, and secondly, members of the police service.
The association seeks to improve the working environment of B.A.M.E. staff within South Wales by enhancing the quality of service provided to its diverse communities. By providing a support network for all BAME staff, and striving to improve relationships between the police and BAME communities, the association will play a positive role in supporting internal staff members, and externally supporting all communities within South Wales.
The association has six objectives:
To provide a support network
To provide a social network
To work towards equality of opportunity
To work towards improving relationships between police and Black people in South Wales
The South Wales Police Branch of the Wales LGBT+ Police Network is a support association for all employees of South Wales Police.
Working in collaboration with North Wales, Gwent and Dyfed Powys Police services, the Wales LGBT+ Police Network is able to create and share best practice, training and event opportunities across the country and also challenge organisations across Wales and the UK to improve the experiences of LGBT+ people, together.
Our main aim is to achieve a working environment that is free from direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimisation in the form of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. We work to achieve this by:
Creating equal opportunities for LGBT+ police service employees within all aspects of policing
Offering advice and support to LGBT+ police service employees and assisting forces in policy development
Working towards better relations between the police service and the LGBT+ communities in Wales
Actively participating in national efforts through our engagement with the National LGBT+ Police Network
Arranging and attending LGBT+ events across Wales and the UK
The Wales LGBT+ Police Network is recognised and supported by chief officers across Wales and is governed by a constitution, which clearly directs its activities and responsibilities.
What the LGBT+ Network can do for you as an LGBT+ police service employee:
Provide confidential assistance and support throughout your career
Identify local colleague support where available
Identify appropriate welfare or counselling services if requested
Host training and social events to assist networking
What the LGBT+ Network can do for you as a non-LGBT+ police service employee:
Offer confidential assistance and support throughout your career
Provide information to help you support colleagues, for example during their ‘coming-out’ or transition process
Offer consultation to assist you in dealing with instances of bullying involving LGBT+ colleagues as victims
Offer assistance in dealing with welfare situations
Provide training to raise personal awareness of LGBT+ issues
Provide consultation during operational problem-solving situations involving the LGBT+ community
Other roles of the LGBT+ Network include:
Providing awareness training to new starters
Sending delegates to represent South Wales Police at National / Regional conferences and training events
Working closely with the National LGBT+ Police Network
Assist Wales Police services in recruitment efforts to appoint staff and officers from diverse backgrounds
The Wales LGBT+ Police Network is a founding member of the National LGBT+ Police Network which formed in 2017. The mission of the network is to ensure the Police Service and other Crime Agencies promote inclusiveness and equality of opportunity for our LGBT+ staff whilst working towards an organisation that is reflective of our diverse communities.