Positive discrimination can produce unexpected results

Len Shackleton appears on BBC Radio London

Len Shackleton appeared on BBC Radio London to discuss positive discrimination in the police force.

Professor Shackleton stated that the positive discrimination currently in the news regarding the Metropolitan Police has two purposes:

  1. To create equal opportunities
  2. To create a diverse workforce that many argue is necessary to police London

He went on to argue that introducing quotas can produce  a number of problems and unexpected results. Regarding ethnicity, for example, it is vital to ensure that it can defined correctly. Many questionnaires allow people to determine their ethinicity which can confuse the process for those with a mixed race background.

Listen to the full programme here. Segment begins at 8.06.

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