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Should the police force be able to use positive discrimination rather than positive action to recruit and promote more people from black, female and other ethnic minority groups?

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Should the police force be able to use positive discrimination rather than positive action to recruit and promote more people from black, female and other ethnic minority groups? It has become important that both women and ethnic minority groups are represented in the police force as if this does not happen the communities the police are supposed to serve are not properly represented. Although there have been several schemes to allow women and ethnic minority groups to be properly represented in the police force, these schemes have not yet been successful. This can be seen in the Home Office, Labour Force Survey 1997-1998. The survey shows that the targets to increase the percentage of ethnic minorities found within police forces in certain areas of the country have failed, for example in Bedfordshire the target was 9.9% but in actual fact the result was a dismal 3.4%, and this shows that the representation thought to be needed in this area was not achieved. In 1999, the Government set police forces targets to recruit more female and ethnic minority officers. Within, this every police force in England and Wales was being urged to set up special schemes to help new female and recruits of ethnic minorities and to also achieve the aim of increasing the number of officers from ethnic minorities. ...read more.

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positive discrimination. Although this is the case, the view that the police should not be able to use positive discrimination rather than positive action to recruit and promote more people from black, female and other ethnic minority groups is also held by a number of people, who include the president of the National Black Police Association as well as the Chief Inspector. Positive discrimination is in essence racism, and therefore by using positive discrimination it would be using racism to fight racism and cause greater hatred and more problems within the actual police force. It is now thought a there would be a backlash among white recruits as they would be the ones getting turned down for jobs because of their colour, causing them to feel as though they are the ones who are being discriminated against. Also it might be a case where recruits from ethnic minorities would want to be judge solely on their ability causing more problems because of the use of positive discrimination. Because of positive discrimination people who would be chosen would only need to have the minimum standards required for the job may be chosen based purely on their gender or ethnic origin rather than their experience, even Ray Powell, the president of the National Black Police Association, says that "there was a risk of unsuitable recruits being hired to boost the force's record of race". ...read more.

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Personally, I feel that positive discrimination is not the way forward. Choosing someone for a job purely based on their ethnic origin or gender rather than their work experience and merit is wrong as it is not allowing people who may have worked hard for many years to get the jobs they want. Although, positive discrimination in the police force would help ethnic minorities as well as females, it would ultimately cause discrimination of the white recruits, who make up a large majority of the police force. If positive discrimination is not introduced then the problems that are occurring now would continue to occur. Although this would be the case there would ultimately be fewer problems as the white recruits would not be overlooked for jobs and those recruits from the ethnic minorities and female would get jobs based on merit rather than their gender or race, which a majority of them would want. However, if positive discrimination was introduced problems with making links into ethnic minority communities would not occur as there would be members of the police force with the same ethnic origin or race who would be more welcome into that community. Positive discrimination would also allow ethnic minority, as well as female, police recruits to achieve high ranked jobs quickly rather than slowly as it has been said that many new recruits from ethnic minorities left the police force only a couple of years after joining. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alisha John Coursework B Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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