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National Black Police Association

UK NBPA

More than 150 National Black Police Association delegates will spend the next two days in Sheffield for their annual conference.

Representing the Equality and Human Rights Commission I was invited to give a short address in this morning’s session.

Before that I found time to talk to those BME men and women who still have extraordinary challenges that their white colleagues don’t face. For example, during my talk I asked how many of them had been stopped and searched by fellow officers? Shockingly about one third responded that they had. One young sergeant told me that whilst in London with his Black friends he withdrew cash from a High St cash dispenser, then after going to a shop next door two officers were waiting at the entrance. Continue reading

Use Pirate radio to catch criminals says Duwayne Brooks

Councillor Dwayne Brooks

Liberal Democrat Cllr Duwayne Brooks has called for Police to use pirate radio stations to help crack criminal cases.

The Lib Dem cllr who recently decided throw his hat into the ring and seek the Lib Dem ticket for the 2012 Mayoral election explained why he thought the London Police forces should introduce alternative measures: Continue reading

Rio Ferdinand: less police will have a “massive impact”

rio speaks out

Footballer Rio Ferdinand has always been known for his social commentary away from the football pitch.  Most recently his outspokenness over the problem of violent crime and gang culture among young people has led to concerned expressions over cuts to the Police budget.

The Metropolitan Police is now facing a deficit of nearly £470 million and it is expected that there will be a reduction of the number of officers on the streets.  According to sources there will be 900 fewer officers on London’s streets this financial year. Continue reading

Police trust damaged among Muslim communities

Police in Birmingham under spotlight

A large number of CCTV’s set up in Birmingham have damaged the relationship between residents and the Police a report has claimed.

Residents from the Washwood Heath and Sparkbrook districts in Birmingham are outraged at 218 new CCTV cameras set up in the areas.

The project which has cost approximately £3.5 million to implement has focused on areas with large Muslim communities. Continue reading

Scottish Police step up the fight against hate crimes

Scottish police step up

Scottish Police services have pledged to increase their efforts to tackle racist attacks and other forms of hate crimes,

A new hate-crime manual has been launched aimed bringing about a huge cultural change in policing throughout Scotland.
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Blair: Racism is alive and kicking

Blair: Racism is alive & kicking

Sir Ian Blair, former Metropolitan Commissioner, has criticised the Government and Metropolitan Police Service for failure to tackle racism.

Writing in the New Statesman Sir Ian Blair highlights what he considers to be near silence by the coalition Government on issues of race equality and racial integration. Continue reading

Institutionally racist police found not guilty say activists

Black Police Association

Activists and senior police figures have slammed the long awaited Race and Faith inquiry report into the promotion of Black and ethnic minority police officers within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

The report intended to ‘carry out an inquiry into race and faith within the MPS in relation to employment and establish what is still required in order to achieve real cultural change and facilitate the development of a police service that promotes open dialogue on diversity issues’ has met with large scale rejection from Black communities. Continue reading