They are more concerned with recruiting officers who are university graduates, rather than people with real life skills and experience.
I combined a post-graduate degree with not entirely being wet behind the ears, thanks very much.
Thing is, I joined as a non-graduate entry watching graduates leap over me. But having taken the red pill and qualified as DC on volume crime, domestic violence and about every awful posting you could do as a junior detective; no amount of ACPO Blue Pill can convince me of the "truth" as they see it.
They who skipped the two years of rolling around in the gutter to pass probation, and then two years dealing with volume crime to qual as a DC will never know the operational reality.
Maybe that's the point?
And it simply doesn't matter how good for public relations it is to have two hot lesbian officers do the screwnicorn dance at the local pride festival; ultimately, you need someone ready to pull a slags off mopeds or kick down front doors.*
I get the job has to reflect society. But I used to laugh that on my mandatory diversity week at Hendon the gay bloke brought in to tell us about his life said in an ungaurded moment he wouldn't do my (then) job, and many of my Asian acquiantances said there parents woud disown them if they joined the job (due to perceived lack of professional status).
*Don't get me wrong, I worked with some fairly tasty lesbian officers who were absolutely as up for a fight as I was, but they were the stereotyped "hockey playing" type. We got on really well, quick dit - we were once arguing whether a sexual assault was even possible and she dropped the mike by ending the arguemnt "It's been a long time since I've had c*ck, but......" How we never got sacked talking like that I don't know.