Police and racism

A report questioning if the police had banished racism from within their ranks

29 January 2009 – A decade ago, the inquiry by Sir William Macpherson into the murder of Stephen Lawrence marked a crossroads for the police service in terms of how they dealt with racism within their own ranks, as well as their treatment of the public.

Exactly 10 years on from the publication of the Lawrence Inquiry report, the Equality and Human Rights Commission wanted to consider what progress the police service has made in terms of race equality and comissioned ‘Police and racism’ report.

The BBC investigation The Secret Policeman in 2003 shattered any illusions that the police had banished racism from within their ranks. An undercover reporter filmed comments and images of extreme racism among some police recruits.

The new ‘Police and racism’ research considered four main themes:
• employment, training, retention, and promotion
• stop and search
• the national DNA database
• race hate crime

The 2009 report concludes there is evidence that fundamental changes have been introduced in the past 10 years that are having a positive impact on the recruitment, training and progression of ethnic minorities in the police service.

Here you can download the complete report .



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