The government and the Metropolitan Police are now arguing about a change in the law saying it would allow them to positively discriminate when hiring new officers.
The discussion is over a policy due to which when a white person joins their ranks one from an ethnic minority must also be recruited, so dear employers think about your Equal Opportunities Policy.
Most people think this “50-50” system would not be helpful enough as less than 50% of the London’s population considers themselves as “white British” and at the same time nine in ten officers are white.
The talks with the government are still going on but Simon Byrne, Met Police assistant, stated that if the proposed plans started functioning, these would lead to a change in the law as it would amount to “positive discrimination”.
According to him modern London is a non-stop changing place so the force had to think of proper ways in order to reflect its diversity better.
In his words things had to change as with the years this organization got mainly white males.
Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, also told the Guardian that the ethnic makeup prevented the UK police from struggling with terrorism.
“A big part of dealing with terrorism and crime is gathering intelligence, having people who get to know local people so they have the confidence to pass information.”
However, there were many who did not like the idea.
Chairman of the Metropolitan Police branch of the Police Federation, John Tully, said that people who have chosen this job should only prove they were capable of coping with it. The skin and background should not have any influence for the choice of police officers.