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  • The UN CERD has just released its concluding observations on the UK. We the NBPA are really pleased to say that our submission and issues raised at CERD are mentioned in the report (recommendations 28 and 29). The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its State parties. See the full report via the below link: CERD_Recommendations (1)

    The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 2016 report

    The UN CERD has just released its concluding observations on the UK. We the NBPA are really pleased to say that our submission and issues raised at CERD are mentioned in the report (recommendations 28 and 29). The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by its State parties. See the full report via the below link: CERD_Recommendations (1)

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  • Theresa May is to launch an official audit of racial inequality in public services which she says will reveal “difficult truths” about disparities in modern Britain. The results of the investigation will be made public and allow service users to check how race, gender and income affect the provision of hospitals, schools and employment. The Prime Minister said the audit would help fulfill her central promise of making the country “work for everyone, not just a privileged few”. “When I stood on the steps of Downing Street on my first day, I made clear that I believe in a United […]

    Theresa May launches probe to uncover ‘difficult truths’ about racial inequality in public services

    Theresa May is to launch an official audit of racial inequality in public services which she says will reveal “difficult truths” about disparities in modern Britain. The results of the investigation will be made public and allow service users to check how race, gender and income affect the provision of hospitals, schools and employment. The Prime Minister said the audit would help fulfill her central promise of making the country “work for everyone, not just a privileged few”. “When I stood on the steps of Downing Street on my first day, I made clear that I believe in a United […]

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  • As a police officer, I was told that the Taser, the new bit of kit that was bright yellow and shaped like a gun, would protect officers and our communities. That they could literally stop a raging bull, take down even the strongest attacker and keep us safe. When first introduced, we were assured that they were the “soft” option. Many police chiefs even stepped forward to be shot with this “safe” option. But now we see that, after several years of use, there have been a number of fatalities. In a controlled environment, with medical care on hand and […]

    Guardian article – Policing needs public trust – and we won’t win it with Tasers

    As a police officer, I was told that the Taser, the new bit of kit that was bright yellow and shaped like a gun, would protect officers and our communities. That they could literally stop a raging bull, take down even the strongest attacker and keep us safe. When first introduced, we were assured that they were the “soft” option. Many police chiefs even stepped forward to be shot with this “safe” option. But now we see that, after several years of use, there have been a number of fatalities. In a controlled environment, with medical care on hand and […]

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  • The NBPA is disappointed in the Government response to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC), inquiry into ‘Police Diversity’. Whilst the Select Committee stressed that, ‘Urgent and radical action is needed if the Home Secretary’s ambition, which we share, of all police forces reflecting the ethnic profile of their communities, is to be realised’. We would describe an increase in BME representation in the Police service in England and Wales, from 2% in 1999 to 5.5% in 2015 as going from appalling to bad. Furthermore, we are seriously concerned that the focus of the Government response is heavily centred on […]

    NBPA responds to government response to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report Police Diversity

    The NBPA is disappointed in the Government response to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC), inquiry into ‘Police Diversity’. Whilst the Select Committee stressed that, ‘Urgent and radical action is needed if the Home Secretary’s ambition, which we share, of all police forces reflecting the ethnic profile of their communities, is to be realised’. We would describe an increase in BME representation in the Police service in England and Wales, from 2% in 1999 to 5.5% in 2015 as going from appalling to bad. Furthermore, we are seriously concerned that the focus of the Government response is heavily centred on […]

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  • Overview The Government is firm in its view: increasing diversity in our police forces is not an optional extra. It goes right to the heart of this country’s historic principle of policing by consent. We must ensure that the public have trust and confidence in the police, and that the police reflect the communities they serve. The Government has reformed policing to ensure that there is a sector-led approach to making improvements, including in the area of recruitment and representation. Central to these reforms was the establishment of the College of Policing as the professional body for policing, charged to […]

    Government Response to HASC Police Diversity report

    Overview The Government is firm in its view: increasing diversity in our police forces is not an optional extra. It goes right to the heart of this country’s historic principle of policing by consent. We must ensure that the public have trust and confidence in the police, and that the police reflect the communities they serve. The Government has reformed policing to ensure that there is a sector-led approach to making improvements, including in the area of recruitment and representation. Central to these reforms was the establishment of the College of Policing as the professional body for policing, charged to […]

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  • The Home Affairs Committee says “urgent and radical action” is needed to tackle the gross under-representation of black and minority ethnic people in the police forces of England and Wales, which the police service has “consistently failed to address” over several decades. Report: Police diversity Report: Police diversity (PDF 481 KB) Inquiry: Police diversity Home Affairs Committee The Report The facts on police diversity are stark: No police force in England and Wales has a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) representation which matches its local demographic. 11 forces have no BME officers above the rank of Inspector. In 1999, 2% of […]

    Police diversity: Urgent action needed to tackle consistent failure

    The Home Affairs Committee says “urgent and radical action” is needed to tackle the gross under-representation of black and minority ethnic people in the police forces of England and Wales, which the police service has “consistently failed to address” over several decades. Report: Police diversity Report: Police diversity (PDF 481 KB) Inquiry: Police diversity Home Affairs Committee The Report The facts on police diversity are stark: No police force in England and Wales has a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) representation which matches its local demographic. 11 forces have no BME officers above the rank of Inspector. In 1999, 2% of […]

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  • 09 July 2016 The UK Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has reported on an “alarming lack of consistency across forces” in England and Wales, which are still failing to embed the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics. They notedpolicing is to move on from controversies and scandals such as Hillsborough and undercover policing then reassuring the public of the integrity of those involved must be the first priority. Amongst other things the Committee commented that it is unacceptable that the Board of the College of Policing has not been able to increase its ethnic minority representation, an issue that it expects to […]

    Parliament report on College of Policing – “Alarming” inconsistencies in policing across forces must be addressed

    09 July 2016 The UK Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee has reported on an “alarming lack of consistency across forces” in England and Wales, which are still failing to embed the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics. They notedpolicing is to move on from controversies and scandals such as Hillsborough and undercover policing then reassuring the public of the integrity of those involved must be the first priority. Amongst other things the Committee commented that it is unacceptable that the Board of the College of Policing has not been able to increase its ethnic minority representation, an issue that it expects to […]

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  • Press Release: 21 May 2016 Home Affairs Select Committee ‘Police Diversity’ HC27. The NBPA welcomes the recently published report into ‘Police Diversity’ by the Home Affairs Select Committee. The NBPA agrees with the Committee that, ‘Urgent and radical action is needed if the Home Secretary’s ambition, which we share, of all police forces reflecting the ethnic profile of their communities, is to be realised’. The NBPA is delighted that the Committee has taken on board the written and oral evidence presented by NBPA President Janet Hills, around a lack of accountability and leadership on the important issue of Black Asian […]

    NBPA response to the Home Affairs Select Committee report – Police diversity

    Press Release: 21 May 2016 Home Affairs Select Committee ‘Police Diversity’ HC27. The NBPA welcomes the recently published report into ‘Police Diversity’ by the Home Affairs Select Committee. The NBPA agrees with the Committee that, ‘Urgent and radical action is needed if the Home Secretary’s ambition, which we share, of all police forces reflecting the ethnic profile of their communities, is to be realised’. The NBPA is delighted that the Committee has taken on board the written and oral evidence presented by NBPA President Janet Hills, around a lack of accountability and leadership on the important issue of Black Asian […]

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