The Prime Minister David Cameron has been told by the National Black Police Association (NBPA) to get directly involved in the current debate about alleged racism in police forces,
The call came as newly released data showed that while 120 Metropolitan Police officers had been found guilty of race discrimination since 1999, just one of them had been dismissed.
NBPA president Charles Crichlow said in a letter to the Home Secretary Theresa May: “This issue has now taken on a greater national significance in terms of public trust and confidence in policing and the wider criminal justice system.
“The NBPA is absolutely clear about the need to show leadership in this most challenging area of public engagement. I am therefore asking that you reconsider our recommendation that the Lawrence Steering Group be reconvened in order to give Leadership to a situation that is unfortunately spiralling out of control.”
He went on: “I note that Prime Minister Cameron recently convened a summit at Downing Street on the issue of racism in football. I would respectfully request that our concerns be also brought to the attention of the Prime Minister in order that he may consider taking a similar leadership role in this current crisis.”
Last week, the Metropolitan Police Commissner Bernard Hogan-Howe said there was “no place for racism in the Met”.
He added: “I know that the Met has changed greatly over the years, and most of you have directly been involved in improving our relationship with all Londoners and those who visit us. Unfortunately just one alleged incident like this can be very damaging to public confidence.”