In the last 5 years we have seen the loss of more than 17,000 officers from the Police Service of England and Wales.
In the next 5 years we are due to witness the further loss of a similar number of officers.
Budgets have been slashed to the bone, some Forces are struggling simply to survive and ALL Forces are looking at themselves to prioritise what functions they carry out and which ones they can stop doing.
Some Forces have brought in the new Voluntary Severance scheme in order to reduce their numbers in line with government diktats.
I don’t think that any of this is a surprise to anyone, we’ve all heard it before.
So, in a time of cutbacks and shrinkage, what kind of moron is it that criticises Police Forces for being “too white”. Apparently, many Forces have failed to RECRUIT and RETAIN sufficient officers from Ethnic Minority backgrounds.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with VEM/BME officers, nothing at all. They add depth and a different perspective to any organisation, but times such as these are no time to worrying about Targets and Percentages.
When your Force is lucky to be in a position to recruit ANYBODY, they should concentrate on recruiting the BEST, recruit on ABILITY and what they can offer NOT what they look like. Some of these may well be VEW/BME applicants, and that should be regarded as a bonus, not the ultimate aim.
When Peel came up with his famous “The Police Are The a Public And The Public Are The Police” he did not dictate ethnic minority percentages, in 1829 it was hardly an issue, the population was nowhere near as cosmopolitan as it is now, so we really don’t need any moronic Home Secretary using that as a stick to further beat an injured, possibly dying, Police Service.
Ponder this Mrs May, maybe if you stopped bullying, criticising, going out of your way yo find ‘fault’ with the Service and try supporting and helping the Service to survive you may just get a better result.
Instead you kick them when they are down and stoop to criticise them for bring “too white” instead of praising them for doing their damndest under almost impossible conditions.
Unprecedented numbers are actively looking to leave the Service and that is YOUR FAULT Mrs May.
Think on that.
I really do need help to work out why you would choose to do that yesterday.