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Scotland Yard without top ranking ethnic minorities

Shabir Hussain
Mr Hussain lost his race claim against the Met in September 2008

Scotland Yard's leadership is all white for the first time in 10 years after its last top ranking ethnic minority officer retired.

Acting deputy assistant commissioner (DAC) Shabir Hussain left in February - 18 months after unsuccessfully suing the force for racial discrimination.

It means there is no ethnic minority deputy commissioner, assistant commissioners, DACs or commanders.

The force said it worked hard to maintain diversity within all ranks.

The total number of posts within the most senior ranks of the force is about 45.

'Going backwards'

Alfred John, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Black Police Association (MBPA) said he was not surprised by the development.

"The Met has some great policies in this area," he said.

"Therefore if it's not the policies that are the problem, then it's the way they're implemented.

"And it's down to poor management and individuals."

He accused Britain's biggest force of "going backwards" on the issue of diversity, pointing out that 10 years ago there were four ethnic minority top ranking officers within the Met, including Mike Fuller, formerly Chief Constable for Kent Police, and Mr Hussain.

But a Met police spokesman said: "Talented officers will be supported and developed through the promotion process to ensure we have the best team managing the Met.

"We have worked hard to increase minority representation at all ranks and this will continue.

"With a career as structured as policing it takes time for officers to rise through the ranks."

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