Met Police passes historic milestone of 4,000 black and minority ethnic officers
PUBLISHED: 10:43 09 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:44 09 September 2016
The force now contains more than half of all BME officers in the UK
More than 4,000 Metropolitan Police officers are now from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds as the mayor of London pledged to continue with efforts to create a more representative police force.
At the end of August there were 4,033 BME officers serving London - a 25 per cent rise on the 2013 figure - which means the Met has more than half of all BME officers in the UK.
Last year, 28 percent of new recruits were from minority backgrounds - an increase from 16 per cent in the previous year and a record in UK policing.
This afternoon, a passing-out parade, which marks the transition from trainee police officer to probationer, will be held for the first time on a new parade square at the refurbished and recently re-opened Hendon Training School.
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “Having over 4,000 BME officers policing the streets of London every day represents a significant milestone. More progress has been made in the last three years than at any point in recent decades. Although, we recognise there is more to do, we are very pleased with this progress.
Mayor Sadiq Khan added: “This is not about tokenism, but about building trust and respect between our vital police force and all Londoners. One of the best things about London is its astounding diversity.
“But to continue to be one of the safest big cities in the world, and I want us to become even safer, we need our capital’s police force to reflect this, and to look like the communities it is charged with keeping safe.
“We have made some great progress, but we still have more to do. I want to find how, by seeking legal advice on our next steps, we can achieve my manifesto aim of having a Met that is as diverse as the make-up of Londoners.”