Police launch anti-racism campaign

The Police Federation has launched an internal communications campaign to confront racism within the force.

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

problems.



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

and retention.



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.



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