source: Birmingham Mail
published: 8 April 2015
West Midlands Police has faced questions from its own crime commissioner after it emerged that just one black officer was among 162 new recruits.
David Jamieson said the force needs to do more to “look like the public it serves” after receiving details of the ethnicity of new recruits – the first employed since 2010.
The process to recruit a total of 450 officers has been staggered, with applications opened up again in March and further intakes scheduled for later this year and the first half of the 2016.
The ethnicity of the first 162 officers revealed that 139 were white, 13 were Asian, seven were recorded as being of mixed race, two were listed as ‘none stated’ and just one was black.
More than 30,000 people have registered an interest in applying for the positions.
Mr Jamieson is now calling on the force to up its game in a bid to reach out to all communities.