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  1. One of Britain's top ethnic minority police officers has accused chief constables of not understanding the need for more black and Asian recruits.Ch Supt Dal Babu told BBC News many of his colleagues just "don't get it". Ch Supt Babu, 49, who retires from the Metropolitan Police on Monday after 30 years' service, said "radical measures" were needed so police had a better understanding of different cultures. The Met said it had made "good progress" with ethnic recruitment. Greater Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said the obstacle to greater ethnic minority recruitment was the legal framework - not senior officers. In spite of targets to boost the number of ethnic minority police officers in England and Wales they remain under-represented at 5% of the workforce. In the majority of the 43 forces, there are no black or Asian officers at senior levels. Home Office figures show there were only six such officers at the ranks of Assistant, Deputy and Chief Constable in March 2012. There are also comparatively few black and minority ethnic officers in specialist units, such as CID and firearms. Ch Supt Babu - who is of Indian heritage and helped found the National Association of Muslim Police - said there was a "business case" as well as "moral" reasons for raising numbers, particularly in specialist units. He said: "It's about having that cultural understanding when you're planning the firearms operation - do you understand the cultural aspects that might be misinterpreted as being aggression within a particular community? "Do you understand when communities are praying on a particular day?" adding that having more officers from different backgrounds would also help cut translation costs. "But ultimately it's the right thing to do," he said. "We need to make sure that people who join feel confident that they can join different parts of the organisation." In 1999, after the Macpherson report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, the Labour government set police forces targets to boost ethnic minority officer numbers and although some achieved it many have found it difficult. Ch Supt Babu, who has spent the past three-and-a-half years as commander of the London borough of Harrow, said many chief constables had been resistant to change. "There's a significant number of people who just don't get it and I think what we need to be doing is making sure that people really understand the importance of diversity in the police service," he said. "You judge people by what they've delivered. And I'd say, have a look at how many of these chief constables have got senior black and ethnic minority officers. How many of them have got officers in their specialist departments? That would be the ultimate test." But Sir Peter Fahy, who leads on workforce development for the Association of Chief Police Officers, denied chief constables were to blame, saying they had been left "frustrated" in their attempts to recruit more ethnic minority officers by existing employment law. Sir Peter said: "We need a wider interpretation of the definition of 'occupational requirement'," adding that currently, if chief constables wanted to recruit officers who had an understanding of a particular national or ethnic group, they had to "dance on a legal pinhead" to do so. Ch Supt Babu agreed that a fresh approach was needed but said it could be done without new legislation. "I think we need to be radical. I think we need to be different. Largely what we've ended up doing in the 30 years I've been in the organisation is doing the same old thing. "It's an advert in the Voice or Asian Times, we do a bit of race awareness training - and that just hasn't delivered results." He suggested that applicants to the police should be required to have certain languages, spoken in minority communities, or to have done voluntary work, rates of which are thought to be high in ethnic minority groups. "If we'd looked at those factors we'd be attracting individuals from minority communities," he said. The Metropolitan Police, which covers the most ethnically diverse part of the country, said it had made "good progress", with 17% of its officer recruits from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. But the Met said its Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, had asked for "new proposals" to increase representation in the force as a whole and at senior levels, as it embarked on a drive to recruit thousands more police later this year. Have a look at how many of these chief constables have got senior black and ethnic minority officers. How many of them have got officers in their specialist departments?” Ch Supt Dal Babu Click here to view the article
  2. Hi Jules Welcome to the forum and well done on nearing the end of the recruitment process! Donks
  3. Police have released details of inappropriate 999 calls they have received, including one from a man struggling to be served in McDonalds and a woman wanting a laptop password.Police have released details of inappropriate 999 calls they have received, including one from a man struggling to be served in McDonalds and a woman wanting a laptop password. West Midlands Police is tweeting details of the calls to encourage people to think before dialling 999.The force wants more people to use the non-emergency 101 number and keep 999 lines for life-or-death situations. The calls will be tweeted for 24 hours on Friday. One of the first tweets said: "999 call just received from an unlocked phone in a pocket, tying up an emergency line. Remember to check your phone is locked!" A further call received during the "tweetathon" was from a caller requesting assistance to obtain a refund from an expensive car wash, while a separate "emergency" call was made by a member of public reporting a spiritual healer as a fraud. One man called 999 to ask how to dial 101, asking if he had to press the hash key and press 0121, the area code for Birmingham. The force also said a "male called 999 to say he has a heart problem as he is in love with a girl whom he does not know" and it tweeted a 999 call from a man who wanted them to "come out to frighten his sister", describing it as "a waste of police time". Ch Insp Sally Holmes said: "These calls are ridiculous...we regularly receive calls on the 'nines' about lost property, people asking for directions and from people who have been denied entry to a nightclub." The police tweeted that by 13:30 GMT they had taken 391 emergency calls, compared with 553 in the same period two weeks ago when there was heavy snow in the area. Staff at the force contact centre in Bournville in Birmingham - where all force-wide 999 calls are processed - started tweeting via @WMPolice at 07:00 on Friday, and will stop at 07:00 on Saturday. The centre has a total of 87 staff working across five shifts day and night, with 56 staff taking non-emergency 101 calls, she said. It beggers belief!!! Click here to view the article
  4. As Chris says above it is a conflict of interest so you will have to decide which route you want to take. Both routes will allow you to gain valuable experience if your final goal is to be a regular officer. Obviously though they are very different as one is a full time job and the other a voluntary role which I take it would have been your plan to sit alongside your uni course. Just be sure that leaving uni is what you want to do as police jobs will still be on offer in 2-3 years time! D
  5. Had a Sgt come round the other week asking for names of officers that had been involved in any of the Olympic duties, added my name to the long list and will wait and see if anything turns up!
  6. Dave At the end of the day I have been in for just over a year and although a lot is changing in the job my attitude is that being fairly new I was not entitled or exposed to most of it so you cant lose what you never had! As others say there are tough days but for me the good times definitely out weigh the bad ones and I wouldn't swap it for anything. Sure the pay has now changed and for present officers it is a bit up in the air but what will be will be and I will just look to continue learning and developing as a police officer. Regards Donks
  7. What, for kicking the pair off of the train when they were smoking and being a pain in the a***? Seems a reasonable thing for the PCSO to do I think.