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POLICE BOUNTY FOR RECRUITING ETHNIC MINORITY OFFICERS

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The Metropolitan Police is planning to offer serving officers a 'bounty' of up to£600 for every black or ethnic mi...
The Metropolitan Police is planning to offer serving officers a 'bounty' of up to£600 for every black or ethnic minority officer they recruit, reported The Sunday Times (p11).

The force is also considering an all-black intake at its Hendon training college as part of new measures to boost the number of ethnic minority officers in the capital. The new strategies have been proposed by a divrsity taskforce established by Met commissioner John Stevens. If successful, the new policies could be adopted by all 43 police forces in England and Wales.

The Met has 27,000 officers but also has one of the worst records in recruiting and retaining ethnic personnel. Despite being branded 'institutionally racist' by the Macpherson report into the 1993 death of Stephen Lawrence, it has consistently failed to meet Home Office targets, with only 5% of new recruits coming from ethnic minority groups. A quarter of London's population is now made up of such groups.
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