Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
December 10, 2003
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Sir John Stevens


If an officer found the proposal morally repugnant, as indeed I do, and he refused the order to assist in the snatching of children from their parents, would he be subject to a disciplinary process?

Supplementary To: 


Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
Sir John Stevens

I think that would depend very much on the circumstances of what he was doing and why he was doing it. At the end of the day, policing is a very difficult task indeed; it is not a job for the faint-hearted. It is a job that we are all proud of doing. It is a difficult question; we have not come across that yet. But in terms of enforcing the law we are there to do that.