BAME women in the Metropolitan Police Service

MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


BAME women have been particularly underrepresented at all ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service. When the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee looked at this issue in 2014, it found that only 4% of new recruits into the Met were BAME women. What work has taken place to improve this and has it worked?


Answer for BAME women in the Metropolitan Police Service
BAME women in the Metropolitan Police Service

BAME women in the Metropolitan Police Service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Both I and the Commissioner are committed to increasing the diversity of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Extensive efforts have been made to increase the number of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) and female recruits. This has included:

  • - Redesigning the way that MPS attracts and selects new officers, focusing on the capabilities that are important to London and removing disproportionality from processes;
  • - Targeted media campaigns and local engagement events;
  • - Independent community assessors having a key role in selecting candidates; and
  • - Introducing new ways to join the MPS such as Police Now and External entry.


Whilst progress has been made there is still a long a way to go before the MPS represents the communities it serves, and I will continue to challenge the MPS on this important subject.