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Policing to get facelift, new National Crime Agency to protect borders

Declaration comes soon after report found police racist profession


28th July 2010
: The police service in England and Wales is all set to become more accountable to the public and responsive to the local people, more focused at a national level and more effective at tackling crime, as well as providing better value for money.

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For the Home Secretary has unveiled a radical new programme of reform to change the face of policing and re-establish the link between the police and the public, tackle organised crime and protect our borders.

The declaration comes less than a month after a report revealed 72 per cent of Black Caribbeans consider police racist profession.

According to the study “Aspiration and Frustration”, close to half of all respondents, including white Britons, perceive the police to be a racist profession, rising to 72 per cent for Black Caribbeans.

The report by Race for Opportunity investigated how different ethnic groups viewed their prospects of employment and promotion.

A subsequent report, commissioned by London Mayor Boris Johnson, said the Metropolitan Police was not doing enough to retain and promote black, minority and ethnic officers.

The new programme of reform, `Policing in the 21st Century: Reconnecting Police and the People’ now sets out how the police service in England and Wales will become more accountable.

The UK Border Agency said: `A new National Crime Agency will lead the fight against organised crime, protect our borders and provide services best delivered at a national level.

`It is envisaged that the new Agency will be made up of a number of operational commands, under the leadership of a chief constable.

`This powerful new body will harness and exploit the intelligence, analytical and enforcement capabilities of the existing Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and better connect these capabilities to those within the police service, HM Revenue and Customs, the UK Border Agency and a range of other criminal justice partners.

`Many of the proposals will feature in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, to be published in the autumn’.

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