The UK is supposed to have no institutional racism – so why are POLICE apologising for ‘racism, discrimination and bias’?

All white: look at the police faces behind Boris Johnson at this speech he made in 2019 – not one of them is from an ethnic minority.

Remember when the Tory government released a report claiming that the UK is an “exemplar” of racial equality in all its institutions?

Now members of one of those institutions – the police – are having to apologise for “racism, discrimination and bias”. Bit of a contradiction there, don’t you think?

In a new race plan, to be launched next week, the National Police Chiefs Council and College of Policing will state:

“Many people believe policing to still be institutionally racist and have grounds for this view.

“We accept that policing still contains racism, discrimination and bias. We are ashamed of those truths, we apologise for them and we are determined to change them.

“[The] need for change is evident. Policing lags behind almost every part of the public service as an employer of choice for Black people. Confidence levels are much lower, and our powers are disproportionately applied to Black people. In some crimes, victimisation rates are higher.”

The plan avoids admitting institutional racism but declares that police chiefs are “ashamed” about racism remaining in law enforcement.

One chief constable who supports accepting policing is institutionally racist said: “All the figures show it still is.”

There will be a consultation on the plan, so it may change.

I wonder if the Tories will try to remove the admissions of racism from it, to conform with their Big Lie?

Source: Police chiefs to apologise for ‘racism, discrimination and bias’ in race plan

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1 thought on “The UK is supposed to have no institutional racism – so why are POLICE apologising for ‘racism, discrimination and bias’?

  1. El Dee

    Many former colleagues and family have been members of the police force. All who I knew had served as both constables and then at higher ranks. All had similar stories. The story was that SO many join the force BECAUSE they are racist, sexist, misogynist and violent and see the force as a place where they can show their true selves without consequence. Ultimately those people tend not to last that long (although there are too many exceptions) They DO last long enough to cause problems for many of the public and then are replaced with people who are exactly the same. So many of these men (usually men) last for years. The force knows this is a problem and yet does too little to screen out the people who cause the lack of trust that the public have in the police – which given the way they act is fair enough. Sadly successive governments don’t care about this either, either because it’s not a priority or because those prejudices line up with their own. The further we come, the further we realise we have still to come..

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