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  1. New clothing made available for officers. PC Firzana Ahmed with CC Dee Collins and colleagues A force has introduced a new looser fitting uniform for female officers – in a bid to make it a more welcoming place for Muslim women to work. West Yorkshire Police has been trialling the new clothing, which is designed not to "show the female form", and is now making it available to anyone who wants it. Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: “West Yorkshire Police is working extremely hard to ensure that we are representative of the communities we serve. “We know that we need to do more to increase the proportion of police officers from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) in the force and there’s still more that we can do. “For the last month we have been trialling a new uniform for women which is designed not to show the female form. This was suggested by a Muslim female officer and was designed by our clothing manager in conjunction with the officer. “The tunic is a looser and longer fit, and has full sleeves. “This has been well-received from officers in the force and we have now made further supplies of this uniform for other officers to trial it if they wish.” It has been trialled by Bradford-based PC Firzana Ahmed so far, and the force says it has had positive feedback from the local community. ACC Williams added: “I hope this uniform will encourage people from underrepresented groups to consider a career in policing if they had previously been put off joining the Force due to the uniform, and we are open to suggestions from all communities on how our uniform can be styled to better suit their needs.” Police Oracle revealed earlier this month that West Yorkshire PCC Mark Burns-Williamson is recruiting a race equality consultant to help address issues for BAME communities. View On Police Oracle
  2. Force paying full costs for women and minority ethnic candidates to take pre-training qualification. The Metropolitan Police is giving extra financial support to women and ethnic minority candidates applying to become constables. The force is covering the entire cost of pre-join qualification training for female, black and Asian candidates, Police Oracle understands. White men are being given only half the cost of their Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP). The force requires all candidates to take the qualification – which costs around £1,000 – before beginning their training. The policy comes amid concerns over the difficulty of recruiting 224 new personnel each month until the end of the financial year, in a bid to get numbers up to 30,750. This is so it can make use of extra funding from the Mayor of London’s office. Chiefs fear the cost of gaining the qualification is a barrier to bringing people in quickly, and the payments are being made regardless of how wealthy a trainee is. A spokesman for the force said: “We have redesigned the way we attract and select new officers, focusing on diversity, multicultural awareness and capabilities that are important to London. “The CKP costs between £800 and £1,000, and the Met understands that for some candidates incurring this cost so early in the recruitment process may act as a deterrent; therefore the financial support may encourage swifter completion than would otherwise have been possible.” Candidates must complete the CKP within 10 weeks of their offer letter to secure the cash. Tola Munro, president of the National Black Police Association, said: “It is in line with the Equality Act, if you can prove a group is under-represented. I am not aware of the specifics of this but I would be supportive of initiatives [to increase representation].” Graham Wettone is a former Met Police officer who is now a policing commentator and also works for a provider of CKP training. He told Police Oracle: “I’m shocked by this. I think it’s misguided and divisive. There will be people starting on the same day, training together, some who have paid and some who haven’t. The Met should give the money to everybody, it shouldn't be a select group.” Unlike previous diversity initiatives in the force – such as a trial requiring all recruits to speak a second language, or to live in London – the policy began without any publicity. Full payment for the training is also being made to any police staff members who want to become warranted officers. A spokesman for law firm Hatton James Legal said legislation is complicated in the area but allows for such schemes in certain cases. He said the force must act proportionately and that there could be questions over whether women and black and minority ethnic (BAME) candidates should be funded equally if their levels of representation are different. He also said there could be issues if the Met uses self-declared ethnicity to decide who qualifies for payments. “Could this measure and similar measures provide an incentive for more people to self-declare as having BAME status in future?” he asked. In 2016 Gwent Police trialled a mentoring scheme, which included a funded CKP course, for BAME recruits. Soon afterwards the force scrapped the requirement for any recruit to need the qualification. The Met’s stated concern about the cost of pre-join qualifications being a barrier to recruitment comes ahead of a major expansion of police recruitment requiring pre-service qualifications under the College of Policing’s educational framework. All recruits will need to have a degree or join as an apprentice under the moves which are due to begin in 2020. View On Police Oracle
  3. Reform in policing is being blocked by members of the Freemasons, and their influence in the service is thwarting the progress of women and people from black and minority ethnic communities, the leader of rank-and-file officers has said. full Story - Guardian
  4. The events held in London, Manchester and Birmingham are only open to ‘women and black or ethnic minority’ people who have applied to join the force. Full Story - Metro Daily Mail Version For once comments under a DM article about the police seem to be spot on.
  5. Young offenders from ethnic minorities will become "the next generation" of criminals unless the justice system is reformed, says MP David Lammy. A review led by him found the system in England and Wales is biased and discriminates in treatment of people from ethnic minority backgrounds. The Labour MP has made 35 recommendations, including delaying or dropping some prosecutions. The government said it will "look carefully" at the suggestions. People from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds make up 25% of the prison population in England and Wales and 41% of the youth justice system, despite these groups being 14% of the general population, the review says. Full Story - BBC The report is an interesting read, it is really detailed. 1 of the recommendations that i found interesting was allowing reformed offenders to have their criminal records "sealed" - so they need not disclose their offence to a employer, i can see the logic in this everyone deserves a second chance, this case in particular shows an offender having to lie to secure a job, should people like this have their criminal records sealed?

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