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  1. One of the country's most senior policemen has admitted his force is recruiting unsuitable officers in its drive to be politically correct.

    Dyslexics, the physically disabled, dribblers, those with religious beliefs and the down and out thick which affect their work are apparently being given jobs - even though they are unable to fulfil their role.

    Steve Roberts, a deputy assistant commissioner at Scotland Yard, said there was a 'whole cohort' of inadequate officers coming into the London force because the force had 'shied away' from tackling the issue.

    His comments in the magazine Police Review follow a series of embarrassments for the Metropolitan Police in recent months.

    PC Alexander Omar Basha, a Muslim officer, provoked a political storm last year when he was excused from guarding the Israeli embassy on 'moral grounds' after he expressed concerns over the bombing of Lebanon.

    In another incident, a female Muslim officer refused to shake the hand of Commissioner Sir Ian Blair at her passing out ceremony.

    Other cases include a Seventh Day Adventist officer who wanted to take the Sabbath off, an orthodox Jewish officer who wanted Fridays off and a number of men or women with severe dyslexia.

    Mr Roberts said the Met was 'letting its managers down' by failing to issue clear policy on recruitment.

    He said: 'What is really comes down to is that it does not matter what it is that causes you to be incapable of fulfilling the full duties of an ordinary officer.

    'It does not matter if it is because you have a physical disability, dyslexia or a particular requirement which means you have to have every Sunday off - unless you are able to fulfil the duties of a constable, we should not be allowing you to think you can join in the first place.

    'And we should not, if that arises after joining, be saying you can make a good and efficient officer at the end of the probationary stage.

    'We have let our managers down in not making it as clear as we should do what our attitude to difference is and what we expect of them [in order to] give them the confidence to deal with people genuinely fairly.'

    Mr Roberts said that the force was still able to adapt to an officer's specialist requirements. He added: 'For example, there was never actually a problem with the young female officer who did not want to shake the commissioner's hand.

    'She simply said, quite reasonably, 'Actually, I would prefer not to'.

    'Supposing it had been the case that normally the Commissioner kissed on the cheek every new recruit who came up to meet him and someone said 'I would rather he did not do that to me', we would not think that was a big deal.

    'We can adapt on those things that do fit in with being a constable and fulfilling the full range of duties but certain factors are not a condition of someone becoming a police officer, it is simply what a good employer does.'

    Mr Roberts, who is deputy head of human resources at the Met continued: 'This is not moving away from diversity and saying it does not matter any more.

    'But it is about setting proper limits to make sure we do manage it properly, without ever losing sight of the main point of delivering the right service.

    'Getting a diverse workforce is not a nice, optional thing. It is what we have got to do in order to be properly representative of London.'

    SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=448298&in_page_id=1770
  2. What a bizarre report!
    This strongly suggests that dyslexics, those living with disability and those who have a strong spiritual compass are unsuitable for work as police officers yet it strongly defends the moslem female who, by choice, refused to conform and shake her superior officer's hand in keeping with good manners and the cultural expectations of the nation she has been employed by and lives in.
    When it comes to policing, a certain physical robustness is occasionally required and a female who hesitates to engage physically with members of the public even on the matter of a handshake puts distance between herself and them and is also more likely to hesitate to grapple with a male suspect to bring him under arrest, making her completely useless for the role.
    I would say out of all the examples given that the Moslem woman's abilities are the one's most suspect.
  3. Umm. Would this be the case in, say, France, where this is normal behaviour? I would say it is accepted in UK culture that refusing the shaking of hands is classed as insulting.......
  4. Surely it should be the persons ability to police, and not some political quota, that determines entry? Sorry, i'm being an idealist again!

    I always thought that to be non-discriminatory, you have to treat everyone exactly the same. By fulfilling political quotas, they infact are NOT being an equal opportunities employer.
  5. I can picture it now. One of these officers giving evidence. He is a lexdysic dribbler.
    "Can you in your own words officer describe what happened?"

    "LLMMARRAAR." "supposed to mmlllaarrrr but being lexdysic etc).
  6. It's all about having the right mindset and being fit to police; not fitting a profile so that such and such minority is represented. Anyone who needs a police presence will not be worrying about origins, sexual orientation or religion.

    Diversity indeed!

    What I want to know is how the one legged, white skinned homosexual diphasic, visually challenged, amharic speaking, bipolar epileptic managed to pass the beep test at the initial interview................
  7. Precisely so. Never underestimate the "illiberality of the liberals". It comes close to fascism, and both need to be opposed.

    I years ago lost all faith in the GB police, reserving admiration for the RUC (GC) as the last of the credible and creditable UK police forces - until they too were nobbled by the Unspeakable Patten, who earlier gave Hong Kong away. Now NI has something called the PSNI - "Policepersons Seriously Not Interested".
  8. This is the Modern British Police force

  9. I've said it before, who would you rather spend your tax payers money on?

    a) The most competant person available regardless of race, religion, disability, sexuality.....the ist goes on.


    b) Someone who's failings are overlooked just to reach yet another New liebour target?

    A lot of the minority officers who join up are good eggs in all fairness, a laerge number, though, seem to join their "special interest" police associations as soon as joining and use them to bang their particular drum. There should only be the Fed.
  10. This 'news' is old news and wasn't very intresting the first time I read it in the actual paper.ZZZZZZZZZZ

    But still glad to see you got your well deserved o2 thief tag Snorkel, you c0ck!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: