APA chair Ruth Henig said:
'The report rightly recognises the considerable strides police authorities have made to increase the diversity of their membership - some 9% of members are now drawn from minority ethnic backgrounds and nearly a third are women. But we recognise that there is scope to do more, particularly in terms of encouraging younger people and those from a wider range of backgrounds to apply.
'Police authorities are committed to continuous improvement and will be actively taking forward those aspects of the report which aim to bring greater rigour and transparency to the appointment of independent members.
'We look forward to working with the Home Office and other partners to considering other aspects of the report as part of the wider police reform agenda.'
Dr Henig was commenting on an the report of the Independent Review of the Selection and Appointment Process for independent members of police authorities which is published today by the Home Office.