West Midlands Police is blasted for ‘wasting’ money on diversity chief role

A cash-strapped police force is advertising for a new £74,000-a-year ‘fairness and belonging’ director to ‘oversee improved inclusive culture throughout the workplace’. 

The new role at West Midlands police, which includes 28 days of leave a year plus bank holidays and a ‘generous’ pension, comes as the force continues to face a funding shortage that has seen 2,000 officers lost since 2010. 

Critics slammed the force for ‘wasting’ money on the ‘pointless’ role and for prioritising ‘wokeness’ over the demands of frontline policing.   

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson, whose force is advertising for a new £74,000-a-year 'fairness and belonging' director

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson, whose force is advertising for a new £74,000-a-year ‘fairness and belonging’ director

Danielle Boxall, Media Campaign Manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, told MailOnline: ‘Taxpayers want their hard-earned cash spent on cops fighting crime, not cultural commissars preaching from behind their desks.

 ‘Police chiefs now need to justify these costs or refocus their funding on the frontline.’    

Jay Singh-Sohal, the Tory candidate to become the next Police and Crime Commissioner, raged against ‘waste and wokeness’ and called for money set aside for the new role to go towards frontline policing instead. 

He told the Express and Star: ‘Despite significant Government investment into his police budget, which now stands at £655m a year, the Labour Police and Crime Commissioner [David Jamieson] hides behind ‘austerity’, whilst wasting vast amounts of taxpayer’s money on pointless roles such as this, in his bloated office that now costs residents more than £6m a year to run.

‘That’s taxpayer’s money and resources that should be going into frontline policing to tackle rising crime across the West Midlands.

‘As Police and Crime Commissioner, I will put an end to such waste and wokeness. We need less of this political correctness and more robust policing.’

The role, Assistant Director Fairness and Belonging, has a salary of £74,340-a-year and is being advertised online with January 8 as a closing date for applications. 

The new role at West Midlands police, which includes 28 days of leave a year plus bank holidays and a 'generous' pension, comes as the force continues to face a funding shortage

The new role at West Midlands police, which includes 28 days of leave a year plus bank holidays and a ‘generous’ pension, comes as the force continues to face a funding shortage

The job description says the chosen candidate will ‘support and oversee improved inclusive culture throughout the workplace’.

The ad reads: ‘You’ll support and oversee improved inclusive culture throughout the workplace – encouraging the integration of initiatives in the force. 

‘The role will also see you managing all inclusion issues relating to operational Force activity, as our recognised expert in this field. Your influence will be felt across the force.’ 

The job application  

Are you a forward thinking, creative individual looking to achieve ambitious outcomes? Do you have demonstrable ability to lead, develop and deliver a first class diversity and inclusion function?

We are looking to recruit a new Assistant Director, Fairness and Belonging to lead the implementation of the WMP Fairness and Belonging agenda, strategy and plan which underpins delivery of our workforce vision and values, and our ‘This Work Matters’ strategy.

You’ll support and oversee improved inclusive culture throughout the workplace – encouraging the integration of initiatives in the force. The role will also see you managing all inclusion issues relating to operational Force activity, as our recognised expert in this field. You’ll also lead and develop your people which includes a team of Diversity & Inclusion practitioners and the Fairness in Policing team, but your influence will be felt across the Force.

The role is advertised here.  

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Since 2010, West Midlands Police has shed more than 2,000 officers and closed dozens of stations after £175million worth of funding cuts by the Government.

In September, Whitehall mandarins were criticised for wasting money on ‘non-jobs’ after it was revealed that at least 180 diversity officers are on the payroll across nine Government departments.

In a series of parliamentary questions, Tory backbencher Neil O’Brien asked Ministers how many members of their departmental staff had ‘one or more of the words ‘equality, diversity, inclusion, gender, LGBT or race’ in their job title’.

Top of the pile was the Cabinet Office with 66 such employees, which included 41 members of the Government Equalities Office.

However, further staff within the department are likely to have equality, diversity and inclusion responsibilities within their roles, without it being in their job title.

Previous job advertisements suggest that senior staff in these positions could expect a salary of about £70,000 – nearly three times what a student nurse earns.

Duncan Simpson of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘This is what happens when Whitehall chiefs rush to be right-on.

‘It would be far better for every taxpayer if mandarins focused on rooting out waste, rather than obsessing with identity politics and growing the number of non-jobs. Sensible Ministers would do well to cut the number of these culture wars commissars.’

West Midlands Police said today: ‘The successful candidate will ensure the force continues to provide a fair and responsive service to all our communities. 

‘This work is especially important in our recruitment process and in becoming a more representative force of the communities it serves.

We also want to ensure the force continues to embed an inclusive culture within the workplace – one which enables all our staff to contribute and fulfil their potential, which in turn will improve our productivity and performance.’    

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