Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Civil liberties group seeks challenge racially and sexually discriminatory police recruitment schemes

Civil liberties group Liberty and Law has today reported both the Metropolitan Police Service and Avon and Somerset Police Service to the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equal Opportunities Commission for their recruitment schemes now blatantly discriminating against the employment of white males. It has asked them both to formally investigate the two police services.

Liberty and Law director Gerald Hartup said: “The services have come up with different schemes which they think can sneak by the provisions of the Race Relations Act but they have to be challenged. The Met pretends that by selectively delaying the start of successful candidates according to their race or sex by up to three years they can avoid prosecution. It is now up to the CRE and the EOC to demonstrate that they are not above the law.

“Avon and Somerset think that they can simply randomly deselect unfortunate able bodied white males with a stroke of a felt tip pen and without penalty. Chief Constable Colin Port calls this trying “something different”. The CRE and the EOC should see it as “trying it on” and stamp down on the abuse.

“Meanwhile white males who have been discriminated against should contact the CRE and the EOC to take up their cases at employment tribunals where the Chief Constables can be made to answer for the institutional racism and sexism that they have imposed upon their respective services.”

“The CRE’s Trevor Phillips and the EOC’s Jenny Watson have the opportunity and responsibility of bringing sense and fairness to our police services.”


Positive action leads to positive results (forcewide) Avon and Somerset press release


Friday, November 11, 2005

Race hate prosecutions reach record levels -
but the Crown Prosecution Service still don't even know the race of the perpetrators or victims

The Crown Prosecution Service prosecuted 4,660 defendants for racially aggravated offences between April 1, 2004 and March 31 2005 according to their report published today, a rise of 29 per cent over 2003 - 2004.

The information is contained in their Racist Incident Monitoring Scheme Annual Report 2002-2003 and is the fifth of these reports produced under the requirements of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. In none of the reports does the CPS provide data on the racial profile of victims or perpetrators because they still do not keep such basic records.

What a shambles

Asked last year by civil rights group Liberty and Law for information about the racial identity of perpetrators for current and past years CPS confirmed on 31 March 2004 that it "does not have a database which collates the racial identity of defendants prosecuted for racially aggravated crime".

Progress at last?

Following correspondence with and pressure from Liberty and Law the CPS has at last started to put information about the race of perpetrators and victims in their computerised system. A spokesman told Liberty and Law Journal on 11 November 2005 that they hoped this information would be available next year.

Liberty and Law director Gerald Hartup commented: "It is outrageous that the CPS does not provide this information and that Home Office has not insisted that they do so. We need to know who does what to whom and where and how this is changing over time to develop an effective strategy to defeat the scourge of racially motivated crime. The CPS has let us down badly. Parliament and people are being denied information that could easily and quickly be extracted from CPS statistics by a clerk working for just a week. What do we pay these people for?”