The Macpherson Report: Twenty Years On

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2019 Police & Justice Service Group Conference
7 June 2019

Conference welcomes UNISON’s submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry into ‘The Macpherson Report: Twenty Years On’.

Conference notes with concern the following statistics on the representation of Black staff within the police workforce set out in our submission to the Committee:

1)The proportion of Black police staff and in particular Black Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in their respective workforces is currently falling, as shown in the following Home Office data;

2)The % of police staff who are Black increased from 7% in 2005 to 7.5% in 2012/13, but has since fallen back to 6.8% in 2018;

3)The % of PCSOs who are Black hit an all time high of 15% in 2006, but has since declined substantially to 9.5% in 2018;

4)These trends are in contrast to the slow but steady increase in the proportion of Black police officers.

Conference believes that the fall in Black staff representation in the combined workforce and in the police staff and PCSO workforces is, at least in part, likely to have resulted from the government cuts to the police workforce since 2010. Conference further believes that work is needed to understand these negative diversity trends in the police staff and PCSO workforces and an action plan required from the Home Office and the Police Service to arrest and turn them around.

Conference therefore calls on the Service Group Executive to campaign to seek the following outcomes:

a)Police staff and PCSO employment statistics to be mainstreamed in all future investigations into Black staff/officer representation in the overall police workforce in England and Wales.

b)A recognition by the Home Office and police leaders that there is a problem with falling levels of Black staff representation in the police staff and PCSO workforces.

c)Investigation into whether the PCSO workforce was a more attractive entry point into policing for members of Black communities, and, if so, why?

d)Analysis of any link between the police cuts since 2010 and the fall in Black staff representation in the police staff and PCSO workforces, including a literature review of any equality impact assessments of the police cuts which may have been carried out by forces, National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APPC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), the College of Policing, or the Home Office.

e)Investigation of the performance of individual police forces in achieving a level of Black staff representation in their workforces which reflects their own particular community.

f)An action plan to be developed by the Home Office, NPCC, APCC and the College of Policing, working in partnership with the police staff trade unions, staff associations and the police diversity support organisations to turn round the negative trends in the police staff and PCSO workforces identified in this motion and to increase Black staff representation to reflect local communities in the whole police staff workforce.

g)An investigation into the existence of any race pay gap in the police staff workforce.