Scotland Yard to ‘Downgrade’ Police Entry Tests to Allow for Ethnic Minorities

Ted Jeory, Express (London), September 15, 2013

Bosses believe people who do not have English as their first language are being discriminated against under current assessment rules.

They have recommended the weighting placed on the “Written Communication” section of the Metropolitan Police’s tough entrance exam is lowered.

However, they fear a “white backlash” among rank and file officers who feel they have already been passed over for promotion.

Home Affairs Committee chairman, MP Keith Vaz, said last night any move to drop standards would be “insulting” to ethnic minority candidates themselves, and would risk losing public cofidence.

The details are contained in an internal Met report marked “restricted” but which has been obtained by the Sunday Express under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Diversity Health Check document highlights a growing concern about race relations at the Yard, 11 years after the publication of the Macpherson Report into allegations of “institutionalised racism” surrounding the death of Stephen Lawrence in 1998.

The diversity report paints a picture of an agonised management acutely aware their workforce is not representative of the wider London community but at the same time concerned not to damage the moral of existing staff.

However, Met managers are determined to press ahead on filling the diversity gap.

The report, written by the Diversity and Citizen Focus Directorate in June last year—and still being discussed with Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe—recommends the Yard lobby for a law change that would allow “positive discrimination” in recruitment.

At the end of April last year, just 16 per cent of the Met’s 53,000 strong workforce was from an ethnic minority background, whereas non-whites comprise 41 per cent of the capital’s population.

To bridge the gap, the Met, instead of direct external entry, is now recruiting an increasing number of constables from the ranks of Police Community Support Officers where the pool of non-whites is far greater.

However, all constables must still pass the Met’s entrance test, known as Search (Structured Entrance Assessment for Recruiting Constables Holistically)—and this has been identified as part of the problem.

A statistical analysis of past exam results concluded that white candidates were more than twice as likely to pass.

This was “statistically significant” and not “random error”, the report’s authors stated.

They added: “The analysis also revealed that factors including increased levels of academic attainment, English as a first language and experience within the PCSO or Special

Constable roles, impacted significantly upon Search outcomes, substantially improving the odds of success.

“However, the Written Communication competency area is an area of particular concern due to the weighting it is given in terms of the overall outcome of Search, considering it contributes a very small amount to the overall percentage.

“The data showed that substantial numbers of candidates achieved the overall pass threshold level – in the current case 55 per cent – often performing superbly in the majority of competency areas, but failed Search on the basis of the Written Communication competency.

“The competency appeared to have a disproportionately adverse impact upon Black and Minority Ethnic candidates, with candidates from this group nearly two times more likely to fail Search on the basis of Written Communication than white candidates.

“Paradoxically, Search was designed to measure potential to perform the role yet allows a single factor, which is very much a product of education and socialisation…to significantly influence the outcome of selection.”

It recommends Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey reconsider a previous proposal to raise the Search pass mark from 55 per cent to 70 per cent because “it would adversely affect black and minority ethnic recruitment”.

However, Labour MP Keith Vaz said: “We need more ethnic minority recruits to the police service.

“But it would be insulting to the black and minority ethnic applicant if standards were reduced, and to the public who would not respect the process. “There is a huge pool of talent within the ethnic minorities we need to ensure it is properly and fairly tapped.”

A spokeswoman for the Met said the force was making “excellent progress” on the recruitment issues but added: “We continue to review recruitment processes to ensure we recruit a workforce representative of London.

“We are not complacent and will continue to enhance our recruitment processes within the boundaries set by equality legislation to build upon this success.”

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  • D.B. Cooper

    I say they should allow a minority to receive a passing grade of 1 (out of 100) in order to get hired, while weeding out white applicants who score less than a 99. I do not think there are any real white men left in the British Isles, so why not merely do whatever you want? Call these white castrated serfs a bunch of racists, and watch them shiver like they had just fallen into the Arctic Ocean.

    • David Ashton

      Thank you for your so friendly and such well-informed remarks about the British people from someone living under the Obama-Holder regime. We sure appreciate them.

      • dd121

        If you feel that the regular posters on AmRen are being unfair then start your own British version. I’m sure you won’t get more than 20 years for your hate crime.

        • David Ashton

          We Brits don’t do too badly in expressing opposition to mass immigration and compulsory multiculturalisation, despite restrictions on free speech, and still manage to escape an imprisonment, which fortunately does not occur in the USA for similar opponents of multi-cultural immigration. So what is easy for American patriots has been harder for us British patriots, but we carry on despite sneers and jeers from a few transatlantic critics whose own record of success, despite inherited constitutional advanatage, remains underwhelming.

          I post here in support of “white civilization” in north America as well as Europe, Australia and New Zealand. A bit of reciprocal good will would be welcome.

          As for UK websites, there are quite a few critical of third-world immigration. A bit of effort with your search engine will find them.

          • Brian

            Why are cousins attacking each other? We have to stand together on this.

          • David Ashton

            Agreed. Solidarity and shared advice are absolutely essential.

      • Rhialto

        The UK may not be any worse than US with respect to Liberal dementia, but the frightening aspect is that the UK is affected at all. The UK in 1945 had few Minorities and no Minority problem. Why were so many Minorities allowed to enter the UK? Now, they are not only admitted, but are awarded upperclass status. I have some knowledge of English history, and these demented policies are without precedent. In the US, demented behavior is not unprecedented.

        • David Ashton

          In briefest possible crude summary, the post-war UK nationality laws allowed immigration from the New Commonwealth; limited restrictions were gradually imposed despite leftist opposition but chain migration of relatives and subsequent asylum applications broke down the controls. Meanwhile, there was a gradual systematic infiltration of our instititions by leftist personnel and opinion, resulting in a concealed mass-immigration during the Blair years and “equality and diversity” legislation imposed downwards. Public outcry over immigration at the last election was mixed with outrage at economic collapse, leading to a coalition government which has gradually reneged on its election assurances over immigration control.

          • eunometic

            It was the socialist prime minister Clement Attlee that allowed this to happen. Pakistanis were supposedly brought in to man the textile industry, which died anyway. The White working class whose neighbourhoods were being destroyed and can now seen to have been destroyed demonstrated and rioted. They were subjected to vilification in the press and exemplary sentencing whereby something like a 3 month sentence might be stretched to 5 years. The ruling elites of Britain have always been cruel in this way. At the same time poor Germany was taking in millions of ethnic Germans as refugees and yet elites built housing for Turkish “guest workers” as a priority. The obnoxious guests never left and as has been calculated by theo szalarin are now a significant net cost to Germany.

            Now the Blacks and Muslims rioting and they are hardly punished at all.

            Its likely this betrayal was to a degree coordinated at a higher level such as the Bilderberg group.

            Lately ex parliament members of the voted out Labour Party have been shamelessly boasting of their tactic of maximising non White immigration since the non White voters will not vote conservative.

            The Torries are no better on the immigration numbers issue however, just more stupid.

            While Clement Attlee deserves odium it really was Winston Churchill who completely failed to protect and value the native British people. He just wasnt interested. Seems to have been focused on his role in maintaining some kind of British empire fantasy.

          • David Ashton

            Churchill said that immigration was an important issue but could not get his Cabinet colleagues to support him. He was soon out of office anyway. I have mixed feelings about him and his lifetime record, but the real problems with immigration started in the mid-1950s when it was relatively manageable.

          • Sick of it

            Her Majesty The Queen is a member of the Bilderberg group.

        • NorthSea

          In the U. S. demented behavior is rewarded. Witness our leaders, both civilian and military.

    • The Final Solution

      Even if non-whites only required a score of 1 and whites required a score of 99, whites would probably still pass in greater numbers.

  • Because I can’t think of any good reason why law enforcement officers in an English speaking country should be required to have English as their first language.

  • MekongDelta69

    I’m sure Scotland Yard isn’t going to ‘agonize‘ over all the new dead bodies of real Englishmen.

    I hate to say it, but as bad as it is here (America), it’s much worse in the U.K.

    You’ll be just like this:
    Uproar as French Jeweler Kills Thief, Is Charged

    • Sick of it

      One responder on the ABC News story was obviously an African…he thought it was a terrible travesty. Gee I wonder why.

      • NorthSea

        You mean there’s a French St. Skittles?

        • Sick of it

          Seems like it.

  • CoweringCoward

    Dam, the city zoo needs to employ the same ratio of lions and tigers as they do humans as keepers, to do otherwise would be to “institutionalize” something or another (common sense maybe).

  • Spartacus

    “Bosses believe people who do not have English as their first language
    are being discriminated against under current assessment rules.”


    Good to see Scotland Yard still has a couple of Sherlock Holmes…

  • RisingReich

    A ‘workforce representative of London’….

    The London that isn’t even majority ENGLISH anymore?
    Ought to be ‘agonizing’ over the above statement.

  • RHG

    So, in other words if “discrimination” benefits whites, it’s bad and has to be outlawed. If discimination benefits “people of color” then it’s “positive” and something to be pushed and accepted. If George Orwell were alive today he would just shake his head and say, “even I couldn’t make this stuff up”.

    • Sick of it

      Truth IS stranger than fiction.

  • Greg Thomas

    Any White who “agonizes” over the lack of diversity anywhere is INSANE! Diversity destroys.

  • libertarian1234

    “Higher-ups, “agonized” about the lack of non-whites, are pushing “positive discrimination.”

    To a person these self-appointed elites should be culled from the herd by any means necessary.

    • Sick of it

      Start with the aristocracy in Britain and watch this mess fall apart. But one should not forget the Rothschilds, Sassoons, and other related families.

    • NorthSea

      They’re contributing to their own culling.

  • [Guest]

    The “downgrading” of standards to accommodate minorities is exactly what cultural conservatives warned would happen and exactly what the minorities and their champions said would NOT happen.

    There’s no comfort in being right.

  • Erasmus

    What next? Worrying about how the gorillas feel at The Great Ape House at the London Zoo?
    Look. While we’re at it, why don’t we just get rid of modern medicine, chemistry, science, reading and writing just so minorities don’t feel “inferior.” Civilization is always going to make them feel “inferior”, buy why penalize the rest of humanity?

  • Truthseeker

    The only way one can make multiculturalism work in one’s mind is if one suspends rationality. Once you no longer employ rationality, you’re easy prey for tyranny.

  • Has anyone ever seen the “Handi Man” clips from In Living Color?

  • MBlanc46

    It’s England, for criminy sake. All of the coppers should be English.

    • Sick of it

      They also need diverse officers from…Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. But nowhere else.

      • MBlanc46

        Okay. But most of those should be in Cornwall, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

  • Paul

    Looks like Alex Kurtagic’s ‘Mister’ becomes closer to reality every day.

  • dd121

    One more step toward the end of the gangplank for British civilization.

  • The Final Solution

    Diversity does not represent the native English community.

  • The Final Solution

    I remember seeing a police officer in Sydney wearing a turbine. How does a foreigner like that even become a police officer? I can’t imagine he was well liked among his fellow officers.

    • OlderWoman

      Turbine? Don’t you mean ‘turban’?

  • itdoesnotmatter

    If I read this correctly, the non-native English speakers are having difficulty passing the written exam. Does that mean composition, i.e. writing a report?
    A LEO answering a call or working a case must write a lucid record, or an investigation can derail. When our PD lowered its qualifications, we began seeing less white, more black cops accompanying EMTs as they brought in shooting or accident victims. Descriptive write-ups suffered badly. Many were unintelligible.

  • I wonder what Robert Peel would think, not only about the state of the country, but the state of the police force, the jobsworths and race lobbyists, and that the police ought to be ‘agonised’ that an English institution is devoid of a significant ratio of blacks.

    But the problem for the Metropolitan Police is that London is demographically over 50% non-white already – and that in the youth, the figures are even more stark. It must already look like a “white overlord” is policing the blacks like some imperial master within our own nation and I think that has something to do with it for these liberals.

    You hear all sorts of excuses as to why we need “proportion” and “increased diversity” – but almost all of them are self created by these retards, such as there being over 100 languages spoken in London today, or needing ‘specialist insight into community groups’ – such as Jamaican yardie slang, or Islamic etiquette, or indeed, Eastern European crime gangs for that matter.

    The ‘old guard’ will gradually give way to the ‘new guard’ – who in the long run will be incompetent, corrupt, more biased to their “experiences” in the “community”…….(“I kno u cant do dat bruv, innit, but yous luk a bruvva uz gonna do damage if dizrespekted, butz u just need a break innit from da elites innit, so I’z gonna letz you go dis time blood”).

    The foxes of third-worldism will one day be looking after the chicken coop. The slide into the toilet bowl of history continues.

  • Martel

    Everybody is a race realist these days..

  • NorthSea

    Unless it’s the Diversity and Citizen Focus Directorate.

  • GM (Australia)

    Coming Soon from Bollywood of course.Yes, he will need to be a super sleuth to find any white person, man or woman, in the Britain of the future.