Association claims sexism and racism is still rife in police service

Sexism and racism is still rife in the UK police service, according to the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP).

The association said senior level female police staff and ethnic minorities are still under-represented in the service.

“Women and ethnic minority staff are predominantly in the lower paid, less influential roles,” said Julie Spence, president of BAWP and chief constable of Cambridgeshire constabulary.

She said there was a “real danger” that the service could claim it had a diverse workforce while the majority of management roles were held by men, Jane’s Police Review reports.

The association is one of the groups behind the ‘Gender Agenda’ within the police service, which aims to promote female police officers.

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