§ 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.