The Police Federation has launched an internal communications
campaign to confront racism within the force.
The pounds 30,000 campaign was launched on Monday. The federation
represents 125,000 police officers across the UK.
The campaign will include conferences on equality, building relations
with ethnic minority police bodies and lobbying MPs to secure
much-needed funds for race issues training. Posters designed to confront
prejudices will be put up in police stations around the country.
The move comes in the wake of the Macpherson report on the investigation
of Stephen Lawrence’s murder, which spoke of ’institutionalised racism’
within the force.
Bombs targeting black and Asian Londoners in Brixton and Brick Lane this
month have added to the pressure.
However, the National Black Police Association boycotted the launch,
saying the posters could offend. But it will be holding monthly meetings
every two months with the federation to discuss issues and voice
Police Federation chairman Fred Broughton said that the police service
was ’confused’ and ’divided’ over race relations and added that the
campaign would highlight the issues of race in recruitment, role models
Part of the campaign is to encourage more people from ethnic minorities
to join one of the 43 nationwide police forces.
Government figures show that of 125,000 Police Federation members, just
3,000, or 2.4 per cent, are from ethnic minorities.