Minister urges police to recruit officers with language skills to boost diversity
Owen BowcottPolice forces should use specific language requirements to recruit officers from ethnic minority backgrounds in order to improve professional diversity and intelligence gathering, according to the policing and justice minister, Damian Green.
In an interview with the Guardian, in advance of a meeting he is holding on Tuesday about tackling race problems in the criminal justice system, the minister urged forces to make greater use of existing means of selecting individuals from less well represented ethnic backgrounds within current equality laws.
"If you want your police force to represent … [minority] communities," he said, "it's perfectly reasonable to say we want a proportion of our officers to have language skills and … recruit for specific skills. The force that is furthest forward in this is the Metropolitan police. I want the police to do their job ever better."
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"Minister urges police to recruit officers with language skills to boost diversity", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2013. Consulté le 04/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/minister-urges-police-to-recruit-officers-with-language-skills-to-boost-diversity