Supporting BAME women into the Metropolitan Police Service (3)

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
Sian Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In response to the Police and Crime Committee's report 'The diversity of the MET's frontline', published in December 2014, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) confirmed that it was "just finalising a new outsourced exit interview survey" to help better understand the reasons women and BAME officers/staff leave the MPS. From these interview findings, by year and in table format, could you provide details of a) the most common reasons why BAME women left, and b) whether they were officers or staff members?


Answer for Supporting BAME women into the Metropolitan Police Service (3)

Answer for Supporting BAME women into the Metropolitan Police Service (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The new exit survey was introduced in February 2016 and the first reporting period ran from February 2016 - December 2016.

Some specific themes emerged from the exit interview findings for both female and BAME leavers. For women, the reasons cited for leaving the MPS were:

       Restrictive working patterns, lack of flexibility and obtaining a work/life balance;

       Managing families and career progression; and

       Support and understanding during/and after maternity leave.

For BAME employees:

       Encouraging representative leadership, in terms of the MPS' encouragement being misinterpreted by many as progression being easier for BME colleagues; and

       Portraying diversity, in terms of the MPS' approach to focus on diversity and the perception that fair representation is not given to all employees.

Due to small sample sizes reporting on female BAME data, and details of whether respondents were officers or staff, have been withheld in order to maintain anonymity. 

The MPS will receive its next report in early 2018 which will be for the period December 2016 - December 2017.