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The warped priorities of this culture are also reflected in the ridiculous amount of time we have to devote to the creed of diversity.
At times it seems as if the modern police force is seen by senior managers as a vehicle for social engineering rather than deterring crime.
My internal office phone directory lists no fewer than 32 officers with ‘diversity’ in their job title, all of them working nine-to-five in desk-bound jobs, while we slog it out on the front line. I was half-hoping that, given their irrelevance to the battle against crime, they might be made redundant in the public-sector cuts, but that was far too optimistic.
Diversity is sacrosanct, its commissars are protected and its influence is all dominant.
So in our training, for instance, just one day a year is devoted to practical instruction in officer safety, dealing with procedures such as correct use of handcuffs, Tasers and batons, or how to put a violent suspect in a van or cell.
Yet the effort devoted to diversity is far greater. We have to carry out two days of diversity training a year at headquarters, another day at our divisions, go through an eight-hour ‘e-learning’ package on our computers and, in our annual performance appraisal forms, show that we have accomplished three separate objectives ‘to raise diversity awareness’.
In addition, during weekly individual meetings with our supervisor, we have to explain what we have done to promote cultural diversity.
There is a reason why I have little faith in the Met's ability to protect the public...and why seeing officers on the street does not make me feel safer...