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The intention of this essay is to explore if and or how the police have adapted and incorporated the notion of diversity into their institution as a response to recent legislation The first thing to do was to look at the definition of diversity Diversity in general terms is described as being a The fact or quality of being diverse difference b A point or respect in which things differ For example variety or multiformityCharles Darwin saw in the diversity of species the principles of evolution that operated to generate the species variation competition and selection Thorndike Benhart 6151982 So have the police begun to embrace the notion of diversity Do they as an organisation accept the differences between peoples and recognise the value of having that difference within the workplace The difficulty lies with the fact that the police although overall is one body it is made up of 43 different and completely autonomous parts each having their own structure and hierarchy This could create a dilemma for the heads of each body police service as to how much of the diversity policy is actually placed upon his or hers individual force to take on If the police are to work in a multi-racial society then the force itself must be multi-cultural and there must be a genuine desire on the part of the minority to join the police service The recruitment of members of minority groups is not a matter of the need of more manpower it is a very urgent need to create community support for the police House of Commons 197256Holdaway 1991 This statement should and must apply to all groups whether a visible ethnic minority gay disabled religious beliefs women etc There have been a number of legislative mandates issued to try and tackle the problem such as Sex Discrimination Act 1975 - Brought into combat discrimination against women primarily and married women but covers men and women
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