Franstine Jones, NBPA President says “This article is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to how officers who have complaints of racism upheld against them are still allowed to remain in the police service.
The figures of dismissal revealed in the BBC Freedom of Information request show just how few officers are held to account. There are a number of Employment Tribunal claims of racism in the police that never go to tribunal but are settled instead. This also reflects in our communities where people have made complaints and have not seen the perpetrators held to account as the complainants have been bought off. This just hides the real extent of racism faced by black personnel and communities across England and Wales. The article also mentions that where allegations were upheld, officers received other disciplinary action. It would interesting to know if these officers went on to commit further acts of racism. Where is the learning from the McPherson report? Why is it that recommendation 57 has not been used to dismiss officers who have a finding of racism against them? There is a solution to this problem however it is clear that the powers that be choose not to effect the change that is necessary, to ensure that we have a police service that embraces difference.
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC’s) were elected to hold their police forces to account. I would like to see PCC’s taking an active interest in complaints of racism, after all the money taken to settle these cases are taken from public funds.
A zero tolerance to racism is what is needed so that both internal and external BAME communities will have confidence in the complaints system. The police need to build the trust of the communities it serves so that it has a legitimate position in modern day society.”
National Black Police Association (NBPA) President
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