Police chiefs in London are to spend almost £1 million extra a year hiring 200 anti-racist “community assessors” who will make sure recruits in the crime-hit capital hold positive views of minority ethnic groups.
“The skills you possess are highly prized,” the Metropolitan Police tells potential candidates for the role, which requires no qualifications nor job history besides “life experience”, “an appreciation of diversity issues”, and that applicants have lived in London for three years.
A role introduced in 2003 to identify and weed out potential racists amongst police recruits, community assessors are expected to “challenge inappropriate behaviour or behaviour from colleagues and bring this to the attention of the Assessment Team”, as well as to “complete, sign and date any recorded evidence of inappropriate language or behaviour”.
According to the Met’s information pack, a successful community assessor, who will be expected to work 25 days a year, “actively demonstrates the promotion of equality and valuing of diversity”, and has “a thorough understanding of Race and Diversity [sic] issues”.
Scotland Yard’s announcement it will add “at least 200” more community assessors to its current figure of 50, and boost pay from £100 a day to £150, was blasted at the weekend by critics, who questioned the force’s priorities in a year which has seen murder rates surge 44 percent amidst a sharp jump in violent crime.
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Taxpayers Alliance chief John O’Connell said: “We are constantly told that the Met Police needs more money to keep policing crime, but more money isn’t going to make a difference if spending priorities are completely warped.
“Of course the recruitment process for new officers should be robust, but the Met should reconsider whether it’s entirely necessary to hire more diversity officers when violent crime in London is on the rise.”
Defending the move, a Scotland Yard spokesman told the Express that the force believes “us[ing] London’s communities to assess new recruits” is an “important part of building community trust and engagement”.
Poll figures reported by Breitbart London last month revealed the popularity of the capital’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, had plummeted from +22 in May to just +4 in September as public concern continued to grow over the city’s violent crime epidemic.
However, the Labour mayor, who has used his office to take a strong, pro-globalist stance on “culture war” issues like feminism and to denounce U.S. President Donald J. Trump, insists the problem is solely down to police spending cuts by the Conservative government.
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