Call for West Midlands Police to address BME representation during the Recruitment Drive
Last week the Police & Crime commissioner for the West Midlands, Bob Jones announced a forthcoming recruitment drive for 500 new Police Officer’s to strengthen policing in the West Midlands.
Personally, I welcome this, as it is an opportunity to increase the number of BME Officers in the Police Service.
Indeed the lack of BME Police Officers at senior level needs addressing by being placed on the agenda of West Midlands Police, as it is no where near being reflective of the demographic make up of the West Midlands.
At a time when the BME population of the West Midlands is 34% and Birmingham 43% there are no BME Commander’s across any of the 10 LPU’s. In addition to the number of BME Officers being only around 10%.
The gender balance at Command level has been addressed with 5 male and 5 female.
Therefore, is it not the case that if gender inequality at command level can be addressed then BME inequality needs and can addressed right across the board, providing it is placed on the agenda of the Chief Constable.
I would therefore urge West Midlands Police to clearly seek at least recruit 150 Officer’s from the BME in line with the current demographic make up of the West Midlands.
I am clearly aware of the issues surrounding the relationship between the Police and the BME Community such as issues of disproportionality with Stop n Search, Deaths in Custody, trust and confidence.
However, this I believe can be addressed through greater reflective governance.
As we come out of Black History month, then this is a clear opportunity for West Midlands Police to clearly show their commitment towards reflective Policing ion the West Midlands.