ETHNIC minority police officers in Essex could be promoted because of their race.

Nick Alston, police and crime commissioner for Essex, admitted race may be used as a factor in the future but wants a debate on the subject first.

The question arose after Sir Peter Fahy, who leads workforce development for the Association of Chief Police Officers, claimed there could be an “operational need” to promote based on race and suggested the law would need to be changed to allow it.

Mr Alston stopped short of stating race should be a factor but welcomed a discussion on the subject.

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