The UK’s West Midlands Police (WMP) has come under fire from campaigners over a newly created diversity and inclusion role on the grounds that the job is about "wokeness" and political correctness, not policing.
'Political Priorities'However, low-tax advocates, the Taxpayers' Alliance on Tuesday accused WMP of putting "political priorities" first and wasting taxpayers' money on the cultural “preaching” role.
“This force has been caught red-handed putting political priorities before policing,” Danielle Boxall, campaign manager for the Alliance, said in a statement emailed to The Epoch Times.
“Taxpayers want their hard-earned cash spent on cops fighting crime, not cultural commissars preaching from behind their desks,” she said.
"Police chiefs now need to justify these costs or refocus their funding on the frontline,” she added.
WMP justified the recruitment because the force covers the youngest and one of the most multicultural populations in the country.
“Policing this level of diversity brings complexity, challenges, and opportunities. The successful candidate will ensure the force continues to provide a fair and responsive service to all our communities,” it said in a statement emailed to The Epoch Times.
“This work is especially important in our recruitment process and in becoming a more representative force of the communities it serves,” it added.
An End to ‘Waste and Wokeness’Nonetheless, Jay Singh-Sohal, the Conservative candidate hoping to become the next Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands in May, echoed the call for the money to be instead invested in frontline policing.
He questioned why £74,000 ($101,000)-a-year should be spent on something the force is already doing and described the new senior role as merely a “‘sustain’ function.”
“We need less of this political correctness and more robust policing,” he added.