Police plead guilty over ethnic recruitment

first_img Comments are closed. Police plead guilty over ethnic recruitmentOn 23 Jan 2001 in Police, Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article The Metropolitan Police artificially boosted the number ofnon-white officers serving on the force in figures submitted to the HomeOffice.Figures for visible ethnic minority recruitment wereincreased after officers who would previously have been considered white werereclassified.Statistics released by the force last year appeared to showit had recruited an additional 218 non-white officers in six months, bringingits total to 1,227.But the increase included 214 officers who describedthemselves as “white Irish” and “other whites” as members of visible ethnicminorities.The Home Office revealed that without the inclusion of thebogus figures the Metropolitan police would have seen a drop in non-whiteofficers in the six months to September 2000.After the Stephen Lawrence inquiry report in 1999 HomeSecretary Jack Straw set police a target of increasing the number of non-whitesto 8,265 by 2009. The current figure is under 3,000.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police denied thesubmission of the inaccurate figures was an attempt to massage the figures. Headded, “It was an error made by a member of staff. We want to be as open aspossible and as soon as the error was discovered we held up our hands to themistake.”last_img

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