London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday said the Metropolitan Police Service would aim to hire 40 percent of its new recruits from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities from 2022.
The plan states that the Met is aiming for 16 percent of its officers to be BAME by 2022, 21 percent by 2024, and 28 percent by 2030, with a target of 40 percent of new recruits coming from BAME communities from 2022.
The Met “will set specific aims for the recruitment and promotion of black officers,” the plan states.
The plan also includes steps such as refreshed safety training, local community familiarisation, and stop and search training.
The Metropolitan Police Black Police Association will be involved in scrutinising the Met, including commissioning independent research to assess “the effectiveness of cannabis enforcement in relation to tackling violence in London”. According to the plan, the enforcement of cannabis possession has been “consistently raised as a key driver of disproportionate policing”.
Met Police Institutionally Racist?Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she felt sorry that trust in the Met is still too low in some black communities, and that she would commit to “stepping up” the work to build the trust.
“I think it is a contested definition. ... It means all sorts of things to different people,” she said.
“I’m not in denial,” Dick said. “I want to focus on getting the work done, and the work is improving the confidence of our black, Asian, minority ethnic communities in their police service, and making sure that I have an inclusive, fair, diverse workforce,” she added. “I’m very proud of my current Metropolitan Police, but there is more to do.”