Mayor commissions race and
faith inquiry from the Metropolitan Police Authority
(6 October 2008)
Chairman, Mayor Boris Johnson, announced today
(Monday 6 October) that the Metropolitan Police
Authority will be carrying out a focussed inquiry
to explore race and faith issues within the Metropolitan
Police Service. Mayor Boris Johnson said: "Policing
a multi-cultural capital requires the police to
have the full confidence of the communities they
serve as well as its own staff. It is important
that all staff are confident and open about race
and faith issues, as this will impact positively
on service delivery.
"Having become Chairman
of the MPA I have decided the Authority needs
to be assured that the changes put in place by
the MPS over the past years have indeed taken
hold. If not the MPA should make recommendations
for positive change."
Cindy Butts, independent
member of the MPA who will lead the inquiry, said:
"There has been a lot of press coverage over
the last few weeks of how the MPS deals with race
issues. This is of great concern for many reasons,
not just the impact on other BME police officers
and staff within the MPS but the broader consequences
for maintaining the confidence of all of Londons
communities in the policing it receives and recruiting
new officers and staff to reflect London's diversity.
"I will want our focussed
inquiry to address concerns about several key
issues, including the progression of BME candidates
through the ranks of the police service, the relationship
between staff associations and management, communication
and proportionality, and the extent to which there
is visible leadership around race issues.
"It is our intention
that the inquiry will harness the experience and
expertise of a broad range of individuals and
organisations from both the public and private
sectors and draw on as wide an evidence base as
possible, and we anticipate reporting back to
the Mayor and the police authority in spring 2009."
Detailed terms of reference
will be brought to a future meeting of the full
Authority for members to ratify.