British Transport Police Bar White Men From Attending Recruitment Workshops

British Transport Police have been accused of discrimination for not allowing white men into workshops which help potential new recruits with application forms and assessments. In London, Manchester, and Birmingham these events were only open to women, black or ethnic minorities.

From BTP 

Event — Police Officer Application and Assessment Centre London Workshop – Wednesday 4th October

Event Date: 04/10/2017 18:00
Force Headquarters, Camden, London
Police Officer Application and Assessment Centre Workshop

British Transport Police understand that it’s only natural and indeed sensible to want to prepare for the recruitment process to be a Police Officer with us. To support you through both your application and subsequent assessment centre we would like to invite you to a workshop on Wednesday 4th October 2017.

The workshop will be held at FHQ, 25 Camden Road, London, NW1 9LN between 18:00 to 20:00pm.

The evening will include:

  • Eligibility criteria for applications
  • Coaching through the Competency Based Questions at application stage
  • Assessment centre preparation
  • Question and answer session for candidates
  • Practice sessions to complete the ability tests
  • Meet operational Police Officers
  • Gain an understanding of the recruitment process
  • Alleviate any concerns about the role and the recruitment process

If you have any queries about the workshop, please email

Spaces are limited and will be offered on eligibility and first come first served basis. You will receive communication from the recruitment team to confirm your place on the workshop.

In line with our Positive Action initiative we are initially only offering this workshop to women and Black/Minority Ethnic groups who are currently under-represented in the Force.


FHQ, 25 Camden Road, London, NW1 9LN

MailOnline reported that BTP employs approximately 10 percent black and ethnic minorities, and want to increase this to 15 percent, as well as increase the number of women in top positions.

“‘I am a white heterosexual male,” one man from Stoke said. “How can a public service blatantly support this kind of discrimination and inequality in 2017? It has made me consider withdrawing my application. People should be treated the exact same. This is discrimination.”

“They want to fulfill their quota of a certain person to fulfill their public appearance,” he went on to say. “Candidates should be judged on merit. It should be the best person for the job.”

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