The London Metropolitan Police has a problem. In a city which is now nearly
4030% non-white, out of their 31,000 employees, only about 7% are of ethnic minority backgrounds. Only in certain cases do I believe that employees of particular industries or sectors need to ‘represent’ the people they serve on race and gender lines. Along with media and politics, the police is definitely another. I’m sure our readers will have a vigorous debate on whether representation is actually necessary anyway, but I believe it is.
In order to rectify this situation, the police is now actively discussing and debating positive discrimination and ethnic quotas (via pommygranate). Now to be honest I don’t think many ethnic minorities will want to be recruited on the basis of their colour rather than merit, so this is not really up for discussion. The point is, if the police do not adopt such quotas, what else could they be doing?
For a start they could review why they run long and expensive vendettas against senior officers they don’t like? They could review why brilliant senior officers keep getting passed over for promotion? Maybe the Met police could be more open about what it’s doing to tackle racism within the police?
I get the feeling such racial quotas will only increase resentment within the force. What is needed here is a wholesale review and a change in the internal culture.
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