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Met chief wants 50:50 recruitment of black officers


METROPOLITAN POLICE commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has backed plans for 50:50 recruitment of black and ethnic minority people to join the Britain’s largest force.

The Met chief compared such as process to that in Northern Ireland where police recruited the same ratio of officers from Protestant and Catholic backgrounds.

Hogan-Howe told BBC London radio: “I think that 50:50 for a short time, would be a good idea.”

The Met boss added: “I would argue, say for five years, make it 50:50 because sadly, even though we are recruiting now and we're doing well, and I think about one in five of our recruits will be from a minority.

“But at that rate we won't get there and I think that 50:50 for a short time, would be a good idea.”

He said the drive would be part of wider work to get his force “looking like London”.

The Met has been under fire for revelations about police corruption into its Stephen Lawrence murder investigation and claims that it destroyed a “lorry load” of files in 2001 that linked officers to malpractice.

On Tuesday (Mar 25), Hogan-Howe appeared before a select committee of MPs to face questions about the alleged document shredding, which came to light in Mark Ellison QC’s report into how the police handled the murder of Stephen, who was killed by a racist youths in 1993 in Eltham, southeast London.

The issue of diversity in the Met has long been a topic of discussion, with wide-held perceptions that it does not reflect London’s multiculturalism, while trust in the black community of police has been a persistent problem, particularly in regard to stop and search, the death of Mark Duggan and deaths in custody.

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