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Hounslow welcomes plan to recruit more police officers from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Hounslow Council has responded to the London Mayor and Met Police’s action plan to combat racism and improve community trust in the police.

Published: Thursday, 19th November 2020

Cllr Katherine Dunne

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, said:

“I’m pleased to see these new initiatives to tackle racism in the Met Police and I hope they can help the police earn the trust of all the communities they serve.

“The Black Lives Matters movement has put racial inequality and injustice firmly on the agenda and it’s right that no stone should be left unturned. That’s why I particularly welcome the commitment not to tolerate racist police officers and the target to make 40 per cent of new police officers recruits to be from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

“There is no doubt that more people will have faith in a police force that it is representative of the communities it serves. I believe that applies to Hounslow Council as well, which is why we are launching a number of new initiatives of our own. We will be commissioning an equality audit of our organisation to help us learn from the experiences of our diverse workforce by identifying problems faced by our black, Asian and minority ethnic staff and then to put the right actions in place to address these issues.

“We will make sure that we improve black, Asian and minority ethnic representation at every level of our organisation. To help with this, we are improving our diversity record keeping and we’ll be tracking individuals as their careers progress to make sure that equal opportunities are available to all. We will commission analysis to look at the ethnicity pay gap to complement what we already know about the gender pay gap. We will also continue to improve the training of Council managers and Councillors to make sure that we foster a diverse workforce, particularly with regards to recruitment.

“I want to thank black, Asian and minority ethnic staff at the Council who have been engaged with the staff network groups that were launched by our Chief Executive this year. Their insights, experiences and practical suggestions are at the heart of the equalities work we are carrying out.”

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