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Travelling People

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has provided to (a) police forces and (b) police authorities on employment targets in respect of (i) Travellers and (ii) under-represented groups. (290035)

As set out in the Policing Green Paper: Cm 7448 “From the Neighbourhood to National: Policing Our Communities Together,” police authorities are now responsible for setting ambitious local employment targets in agreement with forces and in consultation with communities, police officers and staff. This local approach provides more local ownership of targets and will help to reflect the needs of local communities.

Guidance published by the Home Office in 2004, “The Breaking Through Action Plan - Promoting Minority Ethnic Employment in the Police Service,” remains relevant as guidance to police authorities and forces on improving minority ethnic representation in the police service, and also illustrates approaches which are relevant for other under-represented groups. More recently, the position on Minority Ethnic Recruitment, Retention and Progression in the Police Service was the subject of an Assessment by the former Policing Minister, published on 20 November 2008.

Following the Policing Green Paper, the Association of Police Authorities has published a guidance document for its members - “Local employment targets for under-represented groups - Setting employment targets in local policing plans.” The guidance provides advice on setting appropriate targets on race and gender representation, and on consideration of targets relating to wider local diverse communities such as the Gypsy and Traveller community.