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BME Officers

Question

1. How many BME officers in each of the following ranks do you have within your force  

Constable 

Sgt

Inspector

Chief Inspector

Superintendent 

Chief Superintendent 

Detective Constable 

Detective Sergeant

Detective Inspector

Detective Chief Inspector 

Detective  Superintendent 

Detective Chief Superintendent  

2. How many of the below officers do you have in your force in each of the following roles

3. How many of the above number of officers in each of the roles below are BME 

 Dog Handlers 

 Mounted Officers

 Negotiators

Family Liaison Officers

Traffic Officers

Firearms Officers

Underwater Search Unit

Counter Terrorism

Serious crime departments ( By this I mean the department that will investigate serious offending eg murder)

Taser trained  

Clarification received: 

I failed to mention what date range I would like you to use where appropriate please use the date of this email 09/03/2016

Answer

Please find the information in the tables below: 

1. BME by rank as at 29/02/2016 

Rank

BME FTE

Constable

45.9

Sgt / Inspector

3

Chief Inspector 

1

Superintendent

0

Chief Superintendent

0

Detective Constable

2.8

Detective Sergeant

2

Detective Inspector

0

Detective Chief Inspector

0

Detective Superintendent

0

Detective Chief Superintendent

0

 

2.

Role

FTE

BME

 

Dog Handlers

26.78

0

Mounted Officers

12.73

0

Negotiators

Secondary role, no role profile

 

Family Liaison Officers

0

0

Traffic Officers

78.18

1

Firearms Officers

74.66

2

Underwater Search Unit

1

0

Counter Terrorism

38

1

Serious Crime

31.8

1

Taser Trained

104

0

 Please note some of the above roles sit within the Tri-force, however, we have only provided figures for Avon and Somerset Officers. BME details are only available where the officer has declared their ethnicity. 

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/jobs 

An officer has been put in place as a Representative Lead to look into under representation across the Force, and to find ways to encourage people from areas and estates where the public does not feel connected to the force, to apply for jobs within the force and bridge the gap. 

Please find listed below further details from our 5 year strategy plan looking at People and Culture to look at increasing representation through improved recruitment, positive action programmes such as: 

  • Outreach work with schools, colleges and Universities to increase career awareness, mock interviews.
  • Recruitment cards, mentoring and Buddy programme including support and workshops across all Police roles..
  • Internal progression support for BME officers
  • Working with other public sector organisations to address  Recruitment Underrepresentation
  • Taster Days/ Ride Alongs
  • Creating a new suite of Recruitment literature evidencing Underrepresented groups.
  • Reviewing Unconscious Bias Training and organisational culture
  • Developing local Cadet group
  • Attending local careers fairs, cultural events and community events. 

Please see the following link for further information about recruitment within the Avon and Somerset Constabulary: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/about-us/recruitment/

FOI Reference: 555/16