Only 14 per cent of officers are from black and ethnic minority communitiesCredit:PA Met Commissioner Cressida Dick wants the force to be more representative of London as a whole Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. It could take more than 100 years for Scotland Yard to recruit enough black officers to make the force representative of London’s ethnic make-up, the Met Commissioner has admitted.Two decades on from the publication of the watershed Macpherson report, which labelled the Met “institutionally racist”, Cressida Dick, acknowledged there was still work to do to encourage people from all communities to join the police.But she said the force recognised the challenge and was not complacent about continuing to transform policing in the capital.Only 14 per cent of police officers in the capital are from BAME (black and ethnic minority) communities, compared to 43 per cent of the London population.The figure is even lower among senior ranks with just 13 superintendents, four chief superintendents and one chief officer in the force. “If we continue even with the great progress we’ve made it would take over 100 years to be representative.”She also revealed that there were more grievance procedures lodged by black and ethnic minority officers and staff in the Met than from other groups. The Commissioner said she did not believe that the Met was still institutionally racist, saying: “I simply don’t see it as a helpful or accurate description. This is an utterly different Metropolitan Police.”After Stephen Lawrence was murdered by a racist gang in south-east London in 1993, the bungled police investigation into his death led to allegations of racism, corruption and incompetence within the Met.Sir William Macpherson was commissioned by the government to carry out a review of Scotland Yard’s handling of the case and in 1999 he published a scathing report accusing the force of institutional racism and recommending 70 reforms.Ms Dick said 20 years on from its publication, the Met was a completely different place. She said: “The murder of Stephen Lawrence has defined my generation of policing.”If it wasn’t for Stephen’s parents’ dignity, passion and tireless drive to make sure the recommendations made in the report were, and continue to be implemented, we wouldn’t have seen the change and improvements we have in London, society and policing across the country.” Clare Davies, the Met head of recruitment, acknowledged progress was slow, but said the numbers were going in the right direction and said the force was committed to improving recruitment from under represented communities.She said: “We ended 2018 with 4,200 black and ethnic minority officers working for the Met Police, that’s just over 14 per cent of officers. That’s a significant increase from 1999. For many the progress is too slow and some would say we need to do more than we have done with regards to recruitment and representation.