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London Mayor: 40 Percent BAME Target for Future Police Hiring

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday said the Metropolitan Police Service would aim to hire 40 percent of its new recruits from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) communities from 2022. The move is part of his new action plan (pdf) to “provide a police service that has the confidence of all black Londoners”. The plan states that the Met is aiming for 16 percent of its officers to be BAME by 2022, 21 percent by 2024, and 28 percent by 2030, with a target of 40 percent of new recruits coming from BAME communities from 2022. The Met “will set specific aims for the recruitment and promotion of black officers,” the plan states. According to census data, London has a 40.2 percent BAME population. However, “45 percent of current applicants come from outside of London, where the proportion of BAME communities is just 10 percent,” making 40 percent an ambitious target, …