The Metropolitan Black Police Association welcomes today’s comments made by London Mayor Boris Johnson and Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, to drive out racism from the Metropolitan Police Service.
Bevan Powell, Chair of the MetBPA said “Eradicating racism from the Met requires strong leadership and today’s comments from the Commissioner and Mayor Boris Johnson are welcomed”. He added that the MetBPA were already working with Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe on the Commissioner’s cultural change programme.
National Black Police Association President, Charles Crichlow, said” I welcome this public commitment from the Mayor and Commissioner. We need to ensure that this is a sustained commitment towards an anti-racist service”.
However, National Black Police Association President, Charles Crichlow also believes that the government must also demonstrate commitment.
He said “A pan Whitehall committee should be established to hold to account not just police leaders but leaders from across the entire criminal justice system”.
He added “such a committee would set joint performance targets, priorities and shared objectives to bring about a truly anti-racist police service and broader criminal justice system”.
The Association also welcomed the announced review of the recommendations from the ‘Race and Faith’ Inquiry by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’. The Race and Faith Inquiry was instigated following demands from the Metropolitan Black Police Association to address issues of racism within the MPS and published on 7 July 2010.
The MetBPA restated its commitment to work alongside Mayor Boris Johnson and Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe in driving racism from the Service.
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