These days if you are in any kind of police building, you can’t go anywhere without seeing a myriad of very senior rank chief police officers falling over themselves in the rush to prove who has the latest and best ‘diversity’ credentials.
Arresting people and assisting members of the public with anti-social behaviour and, what was it again, oh, yeah, preventing crime, are all a very, very long way down the list.
The latest police initiatives don’t involve special operations to target the latest crime to flood the patch, whatever that may be. They involve setting up ‘Diversity Awareness Units’. These are based at police HQ (aren’t they all!) by nine-to-fivers. They usually involve a couple of inspectors or chief inspectors, a couple of sergeants and a handful of support staff. Apparently they are there to monitor diversity issues and come up with new ‘good ideas’ to promote diversity. God knows what they do for 8 hours a day. They certainly don’t help answer any of the calls that the rest of us have to deal with.
A probationer told me the other day that whilst at training school he had four days on diversity and half a day on theft and burglary.
And so, dear member of the public, you need look no further than that if you want to judge the importance the police place upon the problem blighting your private life this evening.