Met Police ‘not free from racism’ as it launches action plan

Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick has admitted the police force ‘is not free from racism or discrimination’ as it launches its race action plan today.

Forty per cent of its new recruits from 2022 must be from an ethnic minority background under the action plan, which has been formulated alongside London’s mayor Sadiq Khan.

Khan acknowledged that the Met had made significant progress since the Macpherson inquiry, which looked into the way the death of Stephen Lawrence had been investigated, and noted that it had more than 5,000 officers from ethnic minority backgrounds, up from just over 3,000 a decade ago.

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