How diverse are the police?

Published 21 July 2017

Police forces in England and Wales have now published their latest diversity profiles so their communities can see how representative their police force is of the local population.

Since 2015, all forces now annually publish a diversity profile to enable chief constables to identify areas for improvement. The latest profiles (available on this site) have been published and give breakdowns by age, gender and ethnicity, compared against the local population, allowing you to see how well or not your local force reflects the community it serves.

Changing the culture of policing

Increasing diversity in police forces goes right to the heart of the historic principle of policing by consent. To encourage people with fresh talent and the right skills into policing, the College of Policing developed the Direct Entry and Fast Track programmes. These schemes are changing the culture of policing by opening it to people from different backgrounds, improving the diversity of the police, helping forces to be more representative of the communities they serve.

Diverse police forces to meet modern crime challenges

One of the key benefits of creating more diverse police forces is the range of talents and skills both men and women from a range of backgrounds can bring to policing. Having a diverse workforce of police officers adept at tackling not only traditional crimes, but many of the other emerging crime types will help police forces meet both today’s and future challenges.

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