Naz addressed a seminar hosted by Public Policy Exchange around the issue of BME representation within the police force.
Naz was asked by the public policy exchange to give and overview of the findings of the Home Affairs Select committee report into Police Doversity (2016). As well as add to the debate with her own insight and experience from the NHS and her dealing with West Yorkshire Police.
Since the 1999 Macpherson report prepared into the Metropolitan police following the murder of Stephen Lawrence was published, there has been a concerted effort to increase the number of police office from BME backgrounds so that they reflect the communities they serve.
However, progress has been slow and those from BME backgrounds are still struggling to be recruited and represented in the nation’s police forces.
On the issue of police representation Naz shah says
‘That while progress has been made in the last 5 years in particular, the low numbers speak for themselves. With the percentage of police officers from BME backgrounds, still falling well below the general population’
‘When we delve into the figures, those from BME backgrounds are even less represented in the higher ranks, which makes us question the ability for true cultural change of the police force’
‘I am committed to working with West Yorkshire Police, and my local Bradford Police team in particular to helping bridge the gap so that our police force is more representative of the community they serve.’
The full home affairs Select committee report can be viewed here: