Amber Rudd demands police action following public audit

3 months ago

PICTURED: Amber Rudd

HOME SECRETARY Amber Rudd will today (Nov 29) bring together representatives from across policing to find out how policing leaders are responding to data published last month on the Government’s Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website.

The Prime Minister published data in October to shine a light on how people from different backgrounds are treated and to challenge public services, including the police, to ‘explain or change’ disparities.

The Home Secretary will urge Police and Crime Commissioners and senior leaders in policing to lead the response to what the data shows and will hear how policing is rising to this challenge.

Forces will be told that whilst a wide-range of reforms have been introduced since 2010 and progress has been made, more must be done to improve police diversity, raise public confidence in policing amongst black and minority ethnic groups, and ensure police powers including stop and search are used appropriately.

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “The Race Disparity Audit made it alarmingly clear that whilst we have made significant progress across a range of measures relating to crime and policing, for many people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, their experiences and expectations fall well short of what is acceptable.

“I am committed to doing everything I can to further reduce and eliminate these disparities, through our continued reforms to policing, increasing the diversity of our police workforce, and by overhauling the police discipline and complaints processes, all of which will help to drive up confidence in policing across all communities.

“However, I am clear that it is also for policing to respond to this challenge. There is an important role for national partners such as the College of Policing, and locally Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables must make sure race and ethnicity has no effect on someone’s interaction with, and impression of, the police.”

Representatives from policing who will meet the Home Secretary include frontline officers as well as senior police leaders including Police and Crime Commissioners, Chief Constables, the College of Policing, National Police Chiefs Council workforce representation and diversity leads and both the National Black Police Association and National Association of Muslim Police.

The Ethnicity Facts and Figures Website revealed that not only is the risk of being a victim of crime highest for people from Mixed, Black and Asian adult populations, but also these groups still have the least confidence in the police.

The power of stop and search is now more targeted than ever before, with the stop to arrest ratio now the highest on record but a black person is currently eight times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police.

And police forces, while now more diverse than ever before, with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) officers representing 6.3% of officers nationally compared to just 3.9% in 2007, are still not representative of the communities they serve.

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