Sunita set to be new Scotland Yard mascot!

November 20th, 2007 - 1:52 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov.20 (ANI): Sunita is set to be Scotland Yard’s first female foam mascot in the wake of complaints that the current mascot — PCSO Steve — is too white, too male, and too blond.
According to The Times, the three new mascots will be known as Police Pals and will be made up of Steve, a new police community support officer called Sunita and two police constables, one male and one female, who will appear at schools across London from next year.
The Yard’s 15,000 pound initiative follows the creation of a working group within the forces Diversity and Citizen Focus Directorate to tackle race and gender issues within the Mets mascot division.
Details were revealed yesterday in written answers from Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, to the London Assembly.
Sir Ian disclosed that 600 pounds was being spent on designing the mascots and 14,400 pounds had been set aside to provide four uniforms for each team member. Helmets for their enormous foam heads will prove particularly expensive.
PCSO Steve was developed in Cheam, southwest London, and was modelled on an actual member of the local Safer Neighbourhood team.
Complaints about him first appeared in The Job, the Mets monthly magazine, in September when a Sergeant Wright wrote about using the mascot at a community event.
The Met responded by saying that it was addressing the race and gender issues around mascots, prompting Richard Barnes, a Conservative member of the London Assembly, to table a series of questions to Sir Ian.
After receiving the answers, Barnes told The Times yesterday: Are they serious? There are so many issues that are of greater importance than the gender of a giant foam doll. (ANI)

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