Feb 7 2013 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
HARROW’S retiring borough commander has criticised the Met Police for not employing enough black and Asian officers.
Dal Babu, 49, who was one of the most high ranking Asian officers before he retired on Monday, spoke out about the shortage of senior black and minority ethnic (BME) minority police officers in the Met Police.
The former Observer columnist, who joined the force 30 years ago and worked in Harrow for three years, told the Guardian his “sadness” was BME officers have only risen from one per cent to five in his time with the police. Just 2.8 per cent of chief officers are from BME backgrounds, according to the Home Office, despite targets to boost the number.
The commissioner has asked for new guidelines before the Met launches its recruitment campaign later this year.
n Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Neil Wilson is in overall command of Harrow until Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens takes up his post as Borough Commander of Harrow, on a date yet to be set.