North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has responded to claims by the Home Secretary Theresa May that no black officers employed by the force.
Speaking to the National Black Police Association, the Home Secretary outlined figures showing that police forces nationwide are still largely dominated by white men.
She said, "if police forces do not truly represent the people they serve, if they're not made up of men and women from all backgrounds, if they do not properly reflect the communities where local officers police, then we cannot truly say the police are the public and the public are the police."
North Yorkshire Police was one of four forces singled out by the Home Secretary for not employing any black officers.
PCC Julia Mulligan said increasing diversity within the workforce is a long term process.
At the opening of the monthly session of Home Office questions in the Commons, the Home Secretary paid tribute to the late PC David Rathband.
On the day of his official memorial service in Newcastle (which the Police Minister Nick Herbert is attending), Ms May called him a brave and fine police officer. She added that his death was a huge loss to the Northumbria force.