Police: Racial Discrimination

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd September 2020.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the level of racism in British policing.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

Racism, in any form, is abhorrent and has no place in policing. The power of the police to fulfil their duties is wholly dependent on their ability to secure and maintain public confidence and respect.

We have put in place measures to ensure that policing is subject to appropriate levels of transparency and accountability – with regular inspections by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) of the way forces engage with communities, publication of data on the use of police powers, including stop and search, and strengthening the police complaints and discipline systems.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) publishes a range of information and statistics on police complaints and in 2019 submitted evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, as part of the committee’s inquiry into “Macpherson 20 years on”, setting out findings from a series of Public Confidence Surveys carried out since 2004.

The College of Policing publishes data annually on officers and staff who have been dismissed and placed on the Police Barred List.

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