BME recruitment to police halves in 5 years
The number of recruits from ethnic minorities to British police forces has almost halved in the past five years, amid concern about discrimination in the service.
Official figures obtained by the Tories have revealed that the total of black and ethnic minority (BME) entrants into the 43 forces in England and Wales fell from 795 in 2003-04 to 430 in the last financial year. The revelation undermines the Government’s claim that there had been “significant success in increasing overall minority ethnic representation”. It comes amid renewed concerns over racism in the service after the suspension of PC Steve Bettley, from Merseyside, whose name was included among those of thousands of BNP supporters leaked on an internet blog. The Met saw BME recruits plunge from 500 to 193 over the period. Huge metropolitan forces including Greater Manchester, Merseyside and the West Midlands were also among 31 that have reported a fall in BME recruits since 2003. Shadow Home Secretary, Dominic Grieve, said the figures were “worrying”, but also condemned the Black Police Association’s “highly irresponsible” call for a boycott of ethnic recruitment.
Hmmmm… interesting… but not surprising…
Desire Katihabwa said:
In the 1970’s, UK Police stopped individuals simply because they were Black. There have been reports proving how deep Officers are racist towards Blacks and Asians.I myself experienced a number of incidents where I was stopped because I am Black, until someone stepped in (White English) to tell off the Officers.A recent incident this year, an Officer asked if I had citizenship here in the UK, he added that he was disappointed that he cannot deport me, I replied:”Well,if you choose to pick me and deport me for nothing in Africa,believe me, I’ll be welcomed as a Hero!”, he was shocked by my attitude, he asked what my Country was known for, I purposely said:”Civil war and Genocide.”, he then played as a Kid saying:”Oooh,I don’t want you to shoot me!” What is sad is that this was a false arrest, purely racially motivated, I even found out they had my picture, a picture I remember well taking in 2003 and which I only gave to Friends and Family, when asked if I would need a Lawyer, I replied that I sms Friends in Parliament who will get me one,that’s when the two officers quickly released me with clear fear on their face as they probably realized that I was connected with People who can help me.
In the district in which I live children are targeted by the local BMP group, invited into a campaigners house from the street and emerge speaking and acting in a way that stinks of brainwashing. It’s not surprising that the group is influencing other areas of society when they can get away with using dirty tactics to rally support.