Minority ethnic PSNI under-representation raised

There are only 24 officers from minority ethnic communities in the PSNI, a further 11 officers are needed to match the 2001 census figures for MEC’s. The 2001 figures are considered by many to significantly underestimate the size of the longstanding communities and do not take account of the recent large scale migrations. It was also revealed, regardless of republican objections to the idea, the Polish applicants for PSNI posts did not fare well because of language and ‘familiarity’ with policing procedures.