Durham police deny workforce is not culturally diverse enough

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Durham police have hit back at claims made by the Home Secretary that their workforce is not culturally diverse enough.

Durham Constabulary refuted the claims made by the Home Secretary, Teresa May, that Durham’s police force is one of four in the country that has not one black officer.

May, who was speaking to the National Black Police Association conference quoted home office statistics suggesting that Durham, along with Cheshire, Dyfed-Powys and North Yorkshire had no black officers.

May spoke of police in England and Wales as not representing the communities they serve and the need to increase ethnic diversity.

Durham Constabulary PPC tweeted shortly after the conference: “It is factually incorrect to say Durham Constabulary has no Black Police Officers.”

Durham Constabulary Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, as quoted by ITV.com, said: “It is factually incorrect to say that we have no black officers, as has been reported today.”

Chair of Durham Black and Asian Police Association Det Con Waheed Mughal, as quoted in BBC Tees reiterated Ron Hogg’s words:

“I can confirm that the force does have a British Black Caribbean officer who serves in the north of the county as well as at least 19 other black and minority ethnic (BME) officers.”

Photograph: Durham Constabulary