But the welcome for Stephenson has not been universal. The Observer reports that the National Black Police Officers Association will “step up its campaign to dissuade black and Asian people from joining the force under the new commissioner.” It is disgusting that senior Met officers are, via the NBPA, trying to prevent minorities from joining the force. In so doing they are impairing the effectiveness of the Met; a police force needs to be seen as being both responsive to the community and representative of it.
The idea that there needs to be a separate association for minority officers is the most pernicious kind of balkanising, multiculturalist cant. That this association is now trying to deter minorities from joining the force shows just how divisive this doctrine is.
Stephenson should be supported by The Metropolitan Police Authority in facing the NBPA down. Its behaviour is simply unacceptable and should appal everyone who wants the Met to be a representative force. Stephenson and the MPA should have zero tolerance for those, whatever their motivation, who want to deter members of minority groups from becoming police officers.