Our plan outlines our commitment to providing accessible policing services for people with disability, their families, carers.
South Australia Police has released its new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) for the period 2020-2024.
With a commitment to providing inclusive and accessible policing services for people with disability, their families and carers, our new DAIP builds on achievements in diversity and inclusion in recent years, including outcomes of our DAIP 2017-2020.
The new DAIP has been developed by drawing on information from extensive consultation with input and submissions from over 250 individuals and organisations.
It is aligned with the themes and priorities of the government’s Inclusive SA: State Disability Inclusion Plan, as well as the requirements of the Disability Inclusion Act (2018) SA and Disability Inclusion Regulations (2019) SA.
The SA Police DAIP gives people with a disability, carers and service providers the opportunity to contribute or provide feedback in meaningful ways to the delivery of policing services for people living with disability in South Australia. It seeks to build employee confidence and competence when engaging with people with disability, focuses on safeguarding people with disability and provides more inclusive information and communication options for people with disability. It offers opportunities for furthering volunteering and employment with SA Police for people with disability, and ensures the principles of universal design are adopted with respect to our physical facilities.
SA Police recognises there are many employees within the organisation who have a disability or carer responsibilities. While we continue to improve our support for employees with disability and carers through our various health, safety and welfare programs, and options for flexible work, our DAIP also seeks to support current employees with disability and raise the profile of employment for prospective employees who have a disability.
People with disability form a significant part of our community. Some disabilities may be quite obvious, others may be hidden. While some people may be born with disability, others may acquire a disability at some stage through their lives. The reality is, we are all likely to engage with people with a disability, and at some point may acquire a disability ourselves.
The more we understand about different disabilities and the more we engage with people with disability, their families and carers, the more confident we will be in our interactions with people with disability both in our personal and professional lives.
In the spirit of the new DAIP, the plan will be presented on the internet in a number of formats to increase its accessibility – the traditional pdf document, as html content, and for the first time we are looking at making it available as an Easy Read document in the coming weeks.