A London Assembly report has warned the Metropolitan Police that it must do more to ensure its workforce better reflects the capital it serves.

Last year, just 11 per cent of the Met’s officers were from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, compared with around 40 per cent of the population in London.

The report also claims that women from ethnic minority backgrounds are under represented, making up only three per cent of the force.

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In a set of recommendations, the report says the Met should:

  1. Be targeting BME women as a specific group and creating ‘champions’ to increase diversity
  2. Be supporting flexible working to plug the rising numbers of female officers leaving the force
  3. Consider the legal implications of lessons from New York and Northern Ireland in the next two years, if other efforts to increase diversity prove unsuccessful

Joanne McCartney AM, chairwoman of the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee, said: " All Londoners would benefit from a police service that thinks, looks and acts like our city. 

“There is much more that can be done, such as expanding flexible working and targeting BAME women as a specific group for recruitment, which would speed up diversifying the Met.

“When the Met is more representative of the city it polices, we will have a force to be reckoned with.

"A police force that understands and meets the needs of Londoners.”

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