Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
December 10, 2003
Question By: 
Samantha Heath
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Sir John Stevens


I am pleased to hear that you are so rigorous. The issue highlighted by the figures is that the numbers of those leaving the police is actually higher in the black and minority ethnic sector. Nearly 9% of such people are leaving, as opposed to nearly 6% who are actually part of the police force. What do you think accounts for that? How do you hope you will be able to change that? Do you think it will be changed by next April?

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Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
Sir John Stevens

With the wastage figures as they are at the moment, there are less people leaving the Met now than ever in our history.

It is higher for black and ethnic minorities, which is worrying, and that is part and parcel of Tarique Ghaffur's work at the recruiting site. We had a specific problem two to three years ago where we were losing a vast majority of black and ethnic minorities. That has actually reduced to a large extent, but it is still a worry and something we are looking at. It will be part of his work when he comes back to me. He is doing it on my behalf.