It seems that the concepts of political correctness are becoming embedded in some police forces, despite what you may have read about racist emails in the Merseyside police.
Unfortunately, Nanny can take the concept of "PC" a little too far at times. Her chums in the Gloucester Constabulary have been reported to the Commission for Racial Equality, over accusations that it has discriminated against 109 white male job applicants during a recent recruitment drive.
The police claim that the decision was part of its programme to boost the number of minority ethnic officers:
"Because of statutory and Governmental requirements, the decision was taken to give priority to females and applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds."
Gloucestershire Constabulary believe that its recruitment profile for officers must represent the ethnic mix of the community, and therefore from the total number of 301 applicants they received, only 192 could be sent to the police officer assessment centre.
Assistant Chief Constable Michael Matthews said:
"It is essential in a democratic policing environment to ensure that under-represented groups are prioritised in our recruitment drives.
This 'positive action'
will undoubtedly mean disappointment for others
who fall into the categories we never have difficulty recruiting from.
However, this is the only realistic way of ensuring we maintain a diverse workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve."
Up to a point there is some logic in what he says. However, would not the people of Gloucestershire be best served by having the best qulaity officers on the beat, irrespective of their race and sex?