MPS Diversity

MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


It has been reported that the Metropolitan Police Service want a change in the law to enable them to positively discriminate so that half of all new recruits would be from black and minority ethnic communities. This would ensure that the police workforce would better reflect London's population. Do you support this idea? What discussions have you had, and with whom regarding this proposal? Are you actively lobbying government to agree to this change? If not, why not?


Answer for MPS Diversity

Answer for MPS Diversity

Answered By: 
The Mayor

MOPAC is working closely with the MPS to improve diversity and to find ways to attract Londoners from all backgrounds to the police service.

True strength is about more than just numbers. For the MPS to be at its strongest, it must reflect, and be fully accepted by, the population it seeks to serve. That is why I committed in my manifesto to work with the Commissioner to create a force that looks more like London.

I am working with the MPS, Home Office and College of Policing to improve the diversity of the MPS through a range of positive action initiatives and through new options like direct entry to the police.