Impact and Insights Report 2020/21
Diversity and talent
Lord Simon Woolley,
CBE, Director and Founder of Operation Black Vote and Police Now Trustee.
WORKFORCE DIVERSITY AND POLICE LEGITIMACY
Police forces that reflect the diverse communities they serve are crucial to tackling crime in modern society.
In May 2020, the death of George Floyd in the United States led to protests worldwide. Here in the UK, it sparked protests led
by the Black Lives Matter movement and national debate about systemic racism, police use of force, stop and search and the wider disproportionality that continues to exist within the criminal justice system1.
The COVID-19 pandemic heightened social divides and exacerbated existing inequalities, whilst the enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions has tested public trust in authority, including the police2.
Increasing diversity in police forces goes to the heart of maintaining and building the public’s confidence in policing, underpinned by the principle of ‘policing by consent’3. Only 7.3% of the police officers in England and Wales are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (as of March 2020), compared to 14% of the population4. A report by the Police Foundation5, published in January 2020, found that despite some improvements in overall diversity, “Black representation has barely increased” since 2007. Alongside this, data suggests that confidence in the police is falling in Black and Mixed Ethnicity communities6. This is a story that has to change.
Sunita Gamblin QPM,
Police Now Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair.
Police Constable Latia Suen,
National Graduate Leadership Programme Participant, Surrey Police.
POLICE NOW ATTRACTS AND DEVELOPS THE MOST DIVERSE GROUP OF OFFICERS IN POLICING
Whilst diversity and inclusion includes the representation and support of a range of underrepresented groups, policing’s primary focus, and therefore Police Now’s, is in tackling the underrepresentation and progression of officers who are women and those from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background.
Police Now consistently recruits more officers who are women or from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds compared to other entry routes into policing7.
Recruits identifying as women:
57% Police Now vs. 37% National Police Officer Recruits
50% Police Now vs. 35% National Police Officer Recruits
53% Police Now vs. 34% National Police Officer Recruits
Recruits identifying as from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background:
19% Police Now vs. 10% National Police Officer Recruits
17% Police Now vs. 11% National Police Officer Recruits
12% Police Now vs. 9% National Police Officer Recruits
National Police Officer Recruits
In 2020/21, we recruited our largest and most diverse cohort to date for those starting on the sixth National Graduate Leadership Programme, with 54% identifying as women, 17% identifying as from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background (45% of whom identify as women), and 5% of the overall cohort identifying as Black. We have also achieved strong growth in the number and diversity of participants joining our second National Detective Programme, with 66% identifying as women, 24% identifying as from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background (68% of whom identify as women), and 3% of the overall cohort identifying as Black.
Trainee Detective Constable Tary Kufa,
National Detective Programme Participant, Greater Manchester Police.
HEAR FROM OUR PARTICIPANTS
See for example Lammy, D. (2017). The Lammy Review: An Independent Review into the treatment of, and outcomes for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic individuals in the Criminal Justice System. ↩
For further discussion see LSE (2020): ‘What makes Britons trust police to enforce the lockdown fairly’ and Crest (2020): ‘Policing the pandemic: public attitudes to police visibility, enforcement and fairness’. ↩
Data sources: Home Office (2020) Police Workforce Data. Population of England and Wales ethnicity statistics available here. The 2021 Census will provide a more up to date picture of the current demographic profile of the population in England and Wales: https://census.gov.uk/. ↩
Data sources: Home Office (2019) Police Workforce Data Tables and Police Now Recruitment and Marketing data (2018-2021). ↩