Met to take steps in recruiting more BAME officers

Ethnically diverse London is not being served by a police force that is reflective of its diversity, a new London Assembly report says.

Data from the report, “The Diversity of the Met's frontline,” published December 18th revealed that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) officers only comprise 11 per cent of the Metropolitan Police Service.

The small number of BAME police officers is in stark contrast with London’s population make up. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) provides that 40 per cent or 3.3 million Londoners were from BAME backgrounds.

To make its police force more reflective of the population it is serving, the report forwarded several measures to assist the Met in improving its diversity.

One of the report’s recommendations is to modify the Met’s entrance examination, particularly its current emphasis on written skills. The report says 35 per cent of Met’s initial applicants are BAME, but such number drops to only 24 per cent after the examination’s written assessment.

The report also says that the Met is considering to recruit only London residents in the future to ensure it will increase its personnel’s diversity.

If plans to hire more BAME police officers by the year 2016 fail, the report recommends implementation of a statute to make sure the desired change is achieved.

London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney, who currently heads London Assembly's Police & Crime Committee stressed “When the Met is more representative of the city it polices, we will have a force to be reckoned with. A police force that understands and meets the needs of Londoners.”


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