HC Deb 05 December 1985 vol 88 c317W
62. Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to encourage the recruitment of prison and police officers from the ethnic minorities; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Giles Shaw

Chief officers of police are responsible for recruitment of police personnel. Both the police and prison services make substantial efforts to encourage recruitment from within ethnic minority communities; particular reference is made to them in all advertising material; from time to time special campaigns are mounted in areas of high ethnic concentration; regular contact is maintained with community leaders; and the prison service in particular enjoys ongoing assistance from job centre staff.