Met makes great strides forward in workplace diversity


The proportion of ethnic minorities employed by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has more than doubled from 3.9% in 2000 to 8.5% in 2008, while the number of female police officers has risen from 16% to 21%

Two in every five new recruits are now female, while almost one in four are from an ethnic minority.

At an event this week, HR director Martin Tiplady announced the MPS’s achievements in the past year, saying: “We have had the best set of results in fighting crime in 12 years and in HR we are celebrating with our best results in 2007.”

Police community support officer sickness has fallen by more than one day per officer per year, resulting in an additional 4,500 days available for officer deployment, while the number of cases resolved under the Fairness at Work Advisor dispute resolution procedure have improved by 25%.

A new recruit training process is now fully in place while the MPS received a number of awards for its learning and development programmes. The Met’s Transforming HR programme will go live by the end of the next financial year. 

“The next 12 months will be key to our success as we go through this massive change,” said Tiplady.

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