Short statement from Temporary Chief Superintendent Kerrin Smith, Durham Constabulary, in response to a recent media headline which stated there are no black police officers in the Durham force area:
“When this issue was first raised by Theresa May back in October 2016, we corrected her assertion 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 (BME) officers.
“Both the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner are fully supportive of the Black & Asian Police Association (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.
"The make up of the policing family is much greater than the headline figures that are generated by mainstream media. One third of our workforce are police staff which include PCSOs who are also the face of our communities. Purely looking at BME communities will always be a challenge for a Force like Durham where the Black and Minority Ethnic population is relatively low. We should also recognise that these national figures do not include other minority communities such as Eastern Europeans.”
"I would always advocate that our Force treat people with dignity and respect regardless of their background and at the end of the day I am sure that this is exactly what the public want to see. We are one of the Best Forces in the country for public confidence and victim satisfaction."
Posted on Monday 23rd May 2016