Recruiting Minorities to Boost Public Confidence

The Birmingham Post (England), October 4, 2001 | Go to article overview

Recruiting Minorities to Boost Public Confidence


Byline: John Revill Crime Reporter

An action plan is to be launched to boost faltering public confidence in criminal justice agencies in the Midlands, it was announced yesterday.

A massive recruitment campaign aimed at ethnic minority communities will be undertaken as part of the scheme.

The plan will include improved community links and education initiatives to help overcome public mistrust of the police, probation service and the courts, which was revealed in a recent survey.

The poll showed more ethnic minority staff needed to be recruited into all criminal justice agencies to help people feel more confident.

More than 80 per cent of people surveyed felt more diverse recruitment was the key to increasing public confidence.

Black and Asian people were also generally less confident about fair treatment from the Probation Service and Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) than white people, according to the poll which was carried out during the summer.

The results were discussed at a Home Office-organised conference, called Improving Confidence in the Criminal Justice System, in Wolverhampton yesterday.

Representatives from the judiciary, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Probation Service, West Midlands Police, Youth Offending Teams, crown and magistrates courts, and the Birmingham Race Action Partnership all met to consider the findings. …

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