Bedfordshire Police Headquarters

Bridgebury House, Woburn Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK43 9AX

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Office of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Website Accessibility

Accessibility statement for Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire

This accessibility statement applies to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website https://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/.

The website provider is Paul Keating WordPress Websites and the daily running of the website is managed by staff at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We have also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • The hamburger menu is not accessible via keyboard tabbing (when the page is zoomed in at 200% or higher)
  • The links in the cookies notice are not accessible via keyboard tabbing alone.
  • The ‘Accessibility – Recite Me Tool’ displays as a broken page link
  • Focus is not clearly visible on main page content including the search bar, buttons, and links.
  • Website links are not descriptive. To be reviewed to ensure that discernible text is used.
  • Layout tables are used and are not tabular.
  • The Latest News webpage has multiple static elements with the same id attribute and has multiple elements referenced with ARIA with the same id attribute
  • We use Word Documents which are required to be completed when submitting application forms.
  • The Specified Information Order page contains adjacent repetitive links, however this is required under legislation.
  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.
  • YouTube videos embedded do not have captions.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

  • Email: PCC@beds.police.uk
  • Call: 01234 842064
  • Write to: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Police Headquarters, Woburn Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK43 9AX

We will consider your request and get back to you in 20 working days.

If you cannot view the map on our homepage, call or email us using the above details for directions.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us at:

Email: PCC@beds.police.uk

Call: 01234 842064

Write to: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Police Headquarters, Woburn Road, Kempston, Bedford, MK43 9AX

We take this matter very seriously and your contact and/or correspondence will be urgently forwarded to the Communications and Governance departments within the office.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

  • WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard – The hamburger menu is not accessible via keyboard tabbing (when the page is zoomed in at 200% or higher) – plan to be fixed by November 2022
  • WCAG 2.1.1 Keyboard – The links in the cookies notice are not accessible via keyboard tabbing alone – plan to be fixed by November 2022
  • WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible – Focus is not clearly visible on main page content including the search bar, buttons, and links – plan to be fixed by November 2022
  • WCAG 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) and WCAG 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value: Website links are not descriptive. To be reviewed to ensure that discernible text is used – plan to be fixed by November 2022
  • WCAG 1.1.1 Non-text Content – Layout tables are used and are not tabular – plan to be fixed by November 2022
  • WCAG 4.1.1 Parsing – The Latest News webpage has multiple static elements with the same id attribute and has multiple elements referenced with ARIA with the same id attribute – plan to be fixed by November 2022
  • WCAG 1.1 Compatible – Word Documents are used which are required to be completed when submitting application forms – plan to be fixed by November 2022
  • WCAG 1.1 Compatible – Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software – plan to be fixed by November 2022
  • WCAG 1.2.2: Captions – YouTube videos embedded do not have captions – plan to be fixed by November 2022

Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

‘Accessibility – Recite Me Tool’

Displays as a broken page link. The Recite Me cloud-based technology toolbar makes our website digitally inclusive by allowing visitors to customise the content so that they can consume it in ways that work best for them. It also boosts website usability.

The Specified Information Order Page

Contains adjacent repetitive links, however this information is required under The Specified Information Order, The Elected Local Policing Bodies (Specified Information) (Amendment) Order 2021. This requires Police and Crime Commissioners to publish certain information on their websites.

PDFs and other documents

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. By November 2022, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 24th September 2022. It was last reviewed in October 2022.

This website was last tested on 6th October 2022. The test was carried out internally by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire. The website was also audited by the Cabinet Office to test accessibility in September 2022.

Site compliance was checked by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire using a combination of manual testing and third party tools, including:

WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (https://wave.webaim.org/)

Manual checks, including using screen reader ReciteMe Tool, embedded into the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire’s website.