Institutional Racism In Police

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-06-21
Session date: 
June 21, 2018
Reference: 
2018/1675
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Neville Lawrence, the father of Stephen Lawrence, speaking on the 25th anniversary of his son's murder said "There is debate about racism, there are organisations set up to help to make people understand about racism, the police have been put under the spotlight because of Stephen's death." How does the Met Police compare from 25 years ago? Is the police still institutionally racist?  

Answer

Answer for Institutional Racism In Police

Answer for Institutional Racism In Police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has made great strides over the years to reduce disproportionality and improve its diversity though there is clearly further to go.

Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) officers now account for 14% of all officers, the MPS has more BAME officers than ever - over 4,200, and 25% of all new recruits. The MPS continues to use innovative recruitment techniques and provide positive action support to increase its diversity.

The MPS has a dedicated Strategic Inclusion and Diversity strategy, led by a Commander and overseen by the Commissioner. Unconscious bias training is now provided to all new recruits and existing officers.

The MPS has also worked hard to improve its internal complaints process following the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) investigation. As I set out in my Police and Crime Plan, no-one should feel that they are unfairly treated because of their gender, race or sexual orientation and there is a zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind. It is vital for both officer wellbeing and wider public confidence that individuals feel secure enough to raise grievances, and the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) will continue to oversee MPS plans to keep tackling this important issue.

The EHRC recognised MPS efforts in its statement last autumn; commending the significant improvements, commitment shown and progress in implementing the recommendations from its investigation.

Though the MPS has made significant progress we cannot be complacent. Despite all efforts the MPS are still some way from representing the people they serve, London is at least 40% BAME, and there are still communities whose trust must be earned. We still see disproportionality in the use of stop and search and the internal misconduct process; and we must continue to work to reduce this.

I continue to support the Commissioner in her efforts to make the MPS a truly inclusive and diverse organisation.