One of Britain's top ethnic minority police officers has accused chief constables of not understanding the need for more black and Asian recruits.
Ch Supt Dal Babu told BBC News many of his colleagues just "don't get it". Ch Supt Babu, 49, who retires from the Metropolitan Police on Monday after 30 years' service, said "radical measures" were needed so police had a better understanding of different cultures.Oh, really? Such as..?
Ch Supt Babu - who is of Indian heritage and helped found the National Association of Muslim Police - said there was a "business case" as well as "moral" reasons for raising numbers, particularly in specialist units.
He said: "It's about having that cultural understanding when you're planning the firearms operation - do you understand the cultural aspects that might be misinterpreted as being aggression within a particular community?"
I'm sorry. I zoned out there for a minute..
"But guv, 'ave we considered the cultural aspects of our aggress.."
"Shut it, George!"
"Do you understand when communities are praying on a particular day?"Well, good god, Dal ol' chum, they sure ought to, given the appalling amounts of time and money spent on such things! The fact that they don't let that change what they have to do (they don't, do they?) is a good thing, not a black mark against them!
Sir Peter Fahy, who leads on workforce development for the Association of Chief Police Officers, denied chief constables were to blame, saying they had been left "frustrated" in their attempts to recruit more ethnic minority officers by existing employment law.
Sir Peter said: "We need a wider interpretation of the definition of 'occupational requirement'," adding that currently, if chief constables wanted to recruit officers who had an understanding of a particular national or ethnic group, they had to "dance on a legal pinhead" to do so.As I should bloody well hope, too!
So...why is he the ex-Ch Supt Dal Babu..? According to the 'Guardian' article, he left under a bit of a cloud:
Babu was turned down for a place on the strategic command course in 2011 and he chose to retire.Ah. It seems he wasn't up to snuff, despite his impressive paper qualifications, then?
...but was considered unsuitable to assume chief officer rank because his media interview skills were not deemed good enough.Ouch! In a police farce that includes such luminaries as Sue Simm, who presumably was found good enough, that must be bad...
His personal file – which he has seen – contains the comments: "This officer is over-racially sensitive".*shocked face*