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Police and racism: What has been achieved 10 years after the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report?

Ten years on from the publication of the Lawrence Inquiry report, the Equality and Human Rights Commission wanted to consider what progress the police service has made in terms of race equality. This report deals with four main themes: employment, training, retention and promotion; stop and search; the national DNA database; race hate crimes. The findings are discussed under the aforementioned headings and a number of case studies are presented.

The report concludes that in some areas the police service is making clear progress in delivering race equality. In other areas issues and concerns appear to have been ignored or initiatives are having little impact. The report offers a number of recommendations for continued improvement.

Jason Bennetto
Equality and Human Rights Commission