The link below will show you a table that displays the BME Officer and BME general population data for every force in England and Wales and shows you how closely those numbers match. Durham Constabulary, despite the Home Secretary's words earlier today, comes closest to representing the local BME population. But we know there is more to do.
Table showing BME ratio
PCC Ron Hogg said: “It is factually incorrect to say we have no black officers, as has been reported today.
“And in fact we find it wholly disrespectful to our diverse police family for the Home Secretary to single out one ethnic group.
“As it happens, just this morning we had an officer representing this particular ethnicity, which for some reason has been highlighted, dealing with a road traffic collision in the north of the county.
“The way in which we record ethnicity is via a self-reporting system.
“It is not a mandatory requirement and, despite requests to complete the information, we have no influence on how an individual may wish to identify themselves and neither would we want to mandate it.
“We absolutely agree with the Home Secretary that it is vitally important that we represent the communities we serve.
“We work closely with the Black and Asian Police Association and have a range of initiatives to actively promote diversity in the workplace.
“And we are determined to work even harder to try and address the perceived under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic officers and staff within the force.”
DC Waheed Mughal, Chair of Durham Black and Asian Police Association said: “Theresa May is incorrect to say that Durham Constabulary does not have a single black officer.
“I can confirm that the force do have a British Black Caribbean officer who serves in the North of the County as well as at least 19 other Black and Minority Ethnic officers.
“Both the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner are fully supportive of the BAPA and are always receptive to ideas from members about how diversity in the workplace can be promoted and what can be done further to ensure that the Force is representative of their communities.
“This will always be a challenge for a Force like Durham where the Black and Minority Ethnic population is relatively low in comparison to other forces.”
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2015