A lesbian PCSO has been jailed for illegally¬†accessing¬†police¬†computers¬†and passing on information to Wrexham’s ‘close-knit community’.
Lisa Stapely was apparently recruited under a positive discrimination scheme because she was a lesbian. She tipped off a friend that the police were looking for her and has been jailed for 10 months for misconduct in a public office.
It would be wrong to blame the positive discrimination policy for hiring someone who turned out to be corrupt as there must be officers and PCSOs who aren’t members of a minority sexuality group who get into trouble. But I bet the selection pool would have been greater had the requirements for the job not been based on being a lesbian.
If discrimination is wrong, so is positive discrimination. I want the best people on the streets, not ones who tick a special treatment box.