The Met’s new head of diversity, Chief Superintendent Victor Olisa, has said in a recent interview that London’s police force is struggling to recruit non-white officers and warned that the Met’s failure on race were damaging its legitimacy, and its ability to police by consent, which is a fundamental principle of British law enforcement.
Currently, 12% of Met officers are from ethnic minorities, even though London is now 40% black and minority ethnic, with the capital city expected to become majority Third World within a few years, thanks to open borders and the higher than average birthrate of non-white immigrants and their offspring.
He said: “If we keep on at the rate we are, the Met will not look like the population it serves by 2050.”
Ch Supt. Olisa also claimed the Met still treats black people worse than white people on the streets and within its own ranks.
He said that “racial discrimination” by police officers, which includes ‘negative stereotyping’ of black people, inevitably leads to more force and coercive tactics being used against them by officers whilst enforcing the law. He added: ” My view is that on occasions we work on stereotypes and that stereotypes of black men being more aggressive, more confrontational, is a stereotype that plays on some officers’ minds and that can lead to a different level of policing style and force being used on a black suspect than it probably would do otherwise.” He also claimed that this approach may have been a factor in deaths after contact with the police, though he cited the death of a black woman, Cynthia Jarrett, which helped spark riots in London after her heart attack during a police search in 1985.
Ch Supt. Olisa is seen as a symbol of ‘progress’ by the Met. He led officers in north London, dealing with the 2011 riots that occurred after the police shooting of the mixed race gangster, Mark Duggan, after a car chase.
And as well as leading the Met’s drive for greater ‘diversity’, he is still a borough commander in Haringey, north London, another area of London plagued by black crime and gang violence.