The only two black officers featured in a UK police video aiming to encourage recruitment were actually from Bermuda, it has been revealed.
Superintendents Na’imah Astwood and James Howard – who appeared in a film by the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA) – are both listed on the British territory’s website as members of its senior management team.
In the clip, titled ‘Together we’re different, as one we serve’, they stand alongside white, Welsh and Asian officers.
The footage sheds further light on the lack of black British police officers at senior levels within forces.
A source told The Times that they were picked because they were travelling to the association’s annual conference.
‘They were handy and available,’ they said. ‘It does seem a tad misleading though. You’d think they would be able to find a black British officer.’
The PSA, which represents detectives and senior officers, has 1,300 members from 43 police forces across England and Wales.
It said that 4.8 per cent, or just over 60, are from black or another ethnic minority. The recruitment video was released late last year.
The revelation comes as a survey finds around two thirds (65 per cent) of ethnic minority communities in Britain feel members of the police are biased against them.
Four out of five respondents of black and Bangladeshi heritage felt this way, compared to around half of those of Chinese and Indian backgrouns.
The research, by campaign Hope Not Hate, suggests the majority do not believe the issues are systematic, with 64 per cent agreeing that any issues were down to a few individuals within forces.