In North Wales Police we take our responsibilities to our
bilingual and Welsh speaking communities very seriously. Over the
years we have developed a number of initiatives to improve our
ability to demonstrate linguistic courtesy and to offer a genuine
language choice to the public. We are also working to offer that
same language choice to our staff.
Whilst all of our staff can speak English, nearly a third of our
staff are bilingual and speak Welsh fluently. With the support of
the Force, many others are learning the language or improving their
skills and confidence in using it.
In responding to the requirements of
legislation the Force is able to demonstrate its own commitment
Welsh Language Scheme to give equal status to both languages
and to work to become a bilingual organisation.
As part of our bilingual planning we have produced
Welsh language protocols to ensure that all new entrants, and
existing staff, have at least some ability to speak Welsh.
Pronouncing people's names and place names correctly, along with
the use of a few simple words or phrases, can make all the
difference and will demonstrate linguistic courtesy, respect and
sensitivity. The ability to understand and pronounce a Welsh place
name or address accurately is a health and safety matter for all of
In 2010 North Wales Police received national recognition for its
work and innovative projects to promote more use of Welsh when it
‘Welsh at Work’ category of the Institute of Welsh Affairs ‘Inspire
We have a team who are responsible for providing leadership,
advice, guidance and support regarding Welsh language matters to
the Force and Police and Crime Commissioner.
Because not all of our staff are able to speak or write Welsh
fluently we have our own dedicated translation unit. They assist
staff in ensuring that any document or information for the
public is available in both Welsh and English. The translation unit
staff will also translate information received from the public in
Welsh into English, and provide simultaneous translation
support in public and some internal meetings. They also
provide assistance as part of operational policing
Other members of the Department are responsible for the
development and promotion of the joint Police Force and Police and
Crime Commissioner Welsh Language Scheme and initiatives to
encourage and support staff in developing and using their
Welsh skills in the workplace.
Welsh Language Scheme
Equality & Diversity
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