Gender Equality in the Metropolitan Police

MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following research carried out by the Superintendents' Association of England and Wales which found that six in ten female officers in the senior ranks say their male colleagues are "not well informed" on gender issues with half of women officers not confident to report sexual discrimination, what processes do the Metropolitan Police have in place to ensure that gender equality is up to standard?


Answer for Gender Equality in the Metropolitan Police

Answer for Gender Equality in the Metropolitan Police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My ambition is to create an MPS that reflects the city it serves.

I note that the research covers forces other than the MPS. 

The MPS takes this issue very seriously and I am delighted that the new Assistant Commissioner is the first BAME women in an AC role.

The MPS operates a Career Development Service that provides positive action support to female and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) officers, enabling those officers with the highest performance and potential to progress.

The MPS has also succeeded in attracting female candidates into its senior ranks through its Superintendent Direct Entry recruitment programme; of the 5 successful applicants to begin their probation this month 3 were female.

The MPS is refreshing its equality and diversity training.

The MPS is also in the process of developing a new Diversity Strategy and a new Diversity Board.

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