Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Simon Byrne said, "We have broadly been, initially, a white, male-dominated organisation."
I'm sure this will solve everything. "Hello Scotland Yard? Please send over two detectives. One British and one Somali Muslim. And make sure one of them is transgender and in a wheelchair."
Scotland Yard has discussed with the government a radical change in race relations law to allow positive discrimination in recruitment, as the growth of London's ethnic minority populations makes the gap between the police ranks and those they serve wider than ever.
In a Guardian interview, the Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Simon Byrne said the plans the Met were examining would mean they "could only recruit, in very broad terms, a white officer if you can recruit a black or minority ethnic person at the same" time.
Byrne said current law "doesn't allow us to be as bold as we could be". Nine out of 10 Met officers are white, while the latest census data shows London's population is 40% minority ethnic.
The senior officer said the "50-50" plans amounted to "positive discrimination" which would require a change in the law.
But don't worry. This is entirely practical. Police forces have to be diverse to fight crime and terror.
One of Britain's most senior police chiefs also says it also makes the service less effective in fighting terrorism.
Byrne said: "We have not kept pace with the changing shape of London … The thing we have got to overcome, by legacy and history, we have broadly been, initially, a white, male-dominated organisation."
Horrors. I'm sure an organization of Nigerian women in wheelchairs dressed in Burkas will be loads more effective.
The issue is pressing for the Met as it is planning a recruitment drive for thousands of officers, after a hiring freeze. Byrne said the danger was that the force would end up missing the chance to change the ethnic makeup of recruits and "get swamped by applications from our relatives."