Monday, 25 February 2008

More black police officers – but how many Cornish?

More black and ethnic minority police officers will soon be working in Cornwall thanks to a plan to form a branch of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) to cover Devon and Cornwall.

Black and ethnic minority people make up only 0.8% of the Devon and Cornwall Police Constabulary. The NBPA say that they want to raise this figure to only 1% in the initial stages, which is probably sensible for the time being considering that their accounts were frozen by the Home Office due to “inadequate financial controls.”

As a national minority themselves with (at least) 7% of people in Cornwall alone registering themselves as Cornish according to the 2001 Census, there should be Cornish Police Associations to monitor how many Cornish people are employed in the Devon and Cornwall force.

With the NBPA receiving £180,000 funding last year for 10 000 members, this is funding potential that should be taken seriously. I am sure if Tim Smitt could take advantage of such funding he would, but then again, maybe he already has - the new branch of the NBPA will be launched at the Eden Project, Cornwall on Monday!

Sources: BBC News Group aims for more black police

Black Police group Funding Froze

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