New measures to aid ethnic minorities in the police

Policing Minister Vernon Coaker today published his Assessment of Minority Ethnic Recruitment, Retention and Progression in the Police Service. While the report confirms minority ethnic officer representation in the police service has doubled over the last ten years, it recognises that there is still more to do.

Vernon Coaker plans to drive forward more initiatives to overcome barriers in minority ethnic recruitment, retention and progression in the police through his new Ministerial Steering Group which will deliver the recommendations

Current recommendations under consideration to deliver improvements include:

* Developing the Three Year Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR) Strategy. A key initiative highlighted in the policing Green Paper which will be instrumental in helping to address the issues highlighted in the assessment;

* Developing Local Recruitment, Retention and Progression (RRP) Improvement Plans to help forces take forward improvements and initiatives from the new Steering Group;

* New local targets. In keeping with the approach on increasing local responsibility, ambitious targets should be selected and set on the most important issues locally including equality standards;

* New "Positive Action Good Practice Guidance". The National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) will develop, in partnership with Home Office, policing partners and in conjunction with Equality and Human Rights Commission, new guidance on recruitment, retention and progression for the police service;

* Improving the national exit interview data to examine further the reasons for ethnic minority officers leaving the police force; and

* Mandate NPIA to explore a targeted recruitment campaign and/ or working with volunteer local forces that need support in attracting people from minority ethnic communities.

Policing Minister Vernon Coaker said:

"We need a police service which represents the public - a representative police service will better understand and serve its local community and that is what I want us to work together to achieve."

Initiatives already underway include the Breaking Through Action Plan and Positive Action Events Toolkit which includes practical guidance aimed at improving minority ethnic representation in the police service. National initiatives aimed at progression in the police force include The High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS) which is a structured programme which equips officers with the skills to become police leaders and the National Senior Careers Advisory Service which aims to enhance leaders' capability and capability in order for officers to meet the growing leadership challenges at the top of the police force.

Iqbal Bhana OBE, DL Independent Chair of one of the Post Lawrence Project Groups - The Racist Incident Group, said:

"I welcome this assessment and I am pleased that the Minister has involved independent members to be part of the Ministerial group in addition to the statutory policing partners to assist in taking forward the recommendations of the report. I feel this is another opportunity for the police service to work with us to help the service to move forward. I recognise a lot has been done but I do also feel we can do a lot more. With the commitment of policing partners and support of independent members I am confident we can make a difference." .


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