Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
December 10, 2003
Question By: 
Samantha Heath
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Sir John Stevens

Question

The other issue is whistle-blowing, when a junior officer perceives racism. How are procedures being put in place to ensure that whistle-blowing can happen?

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Answer

Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
Sir John Stevens

Whistle-blowing is a very important part of it. We have a confidential telephone line that is used not just for diversity and racial issues but also for corruption issues. That has been installed since I became Deputy Commissioner. On top of that the real core of what we are doing is ethical testing, whereby we have to have a very strict regime of introducing ethical testing, not just for corruption but for all sorts of areas. If we identify officers or members of the police staff that are not up to standard in terms of these areas we will either re-train them, we will discipline them, and on occasions we will kick them out of the organisation.