The commentators from Blink seem to think so:
Deputy chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association, Bevan Powell, has called for a change in the law whereby quota systems for black and ethnic minority communities can be installed to govern the intake of new officers.
Mr Powell was speaking after Gloucestershire Police had to pay Â£2,500 to one applicant, Matt Powell, after a tribunal heard that 108 potential recruits had been rejected because they were white and male. The MBPA official said that the Government had to look at attainability of the targets currently in place.
I am generally against the idea of quotas because:
1) They create more resentment and can potentially lead to talentless people being brought in.
2) Give the impression that employees from minority groups are there only because of quotas.
3) Should not exist in a society where the potential for achievement, for the vast majority, is roughly the same.
4) Is illiberal, statist and yada yada.
I am however for quotas in certain situations such as in India where they exist for people from lower castes and very disadvantaged backgrounds. This reflects an understanding there is very little equality of opportunity there.
The problem is the police force, especially in London, is woefully under-representative of the community it polices and continues to remain as such. How might this problem be addressed without using quotas?
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