House of Lords
Lord Ouseley (Crossbench)
To ask Her Majesty's Government how their race integration policies, reflected in the Equality Strategy, the Social Mobility Strategy and Creating the conditions for integration, are contributing to the elimination of racism and the fair treatment of black and minority ethnic people by the police service in England and Wales, in particular by the Metropolitan Police Service.
Lord Henley (Conservative)
Equality and diversity are particularly important for the police service in England and Wales in the context of policing our diverse communities.
The Government have set out three priority areas for the service to make improvements in equality and diversity:
the police workforce-the workforce needs to be more representative of the communities it serves, especially at more senior ranks;communities-local democratic accountability will place new demands on the service to maintain good relationships with communities; and,crime-improving service to the public will mean forces should focus on crimes that have a disproportionate impact on minority communities.
The Government will back the service to deliver the changes needed to make more rapid progress against these priorities.