Letter to The Guardian
A new report from the Commission for Racial Equality brings the spotlight back on to the Lawrence report agenda (Black police still abused at work, CRE study finds, 9 March).
Changes at the top of the police service are not translated into real change in the way black communities are being policed: they are overpoliced as alleged perpetrators and underpoliced as victims. Strong action is now needed if we are to have a police force that reflects our multicultural society. This means the police must be a no-go area for far-right extremists. The best way of ensuring that officers who are victims of racism within the force come forward is to demonstrate that perpetrators will not get away with it.
We also question the training recruits receive: as a BBC documentary shockingly demonstrated, it fails to weed out racists. We hope, and press, for an urgent, detailed response from the government on how the CRE recommendations will be implemented.
Vice-chair, National Assembly Against Racism