Lambeth To Help Police Fight Racism
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As police across the capital tackle their most challenging operation to weed out racism, one of the most historically troubled London boroughs is leading the way.
In the light of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, Sir Paul Condon, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has pledged his commitment to build an anti-racist Metropolitan Police service.
But in Lambeth the urgency to tackle police community relations hit the streets in the aftermath of riots in the early 1980s.
Police have been working with the community consultative group to draw up a range of measures aimed at improving relations. It is hoped. The Lambeth Policing Diversity Programme will light the path for neighbouring forces.
One of the key elements is race relations training which is acting as a pilot project for the rest of the capital.
Borough Liaison Officer, Chief Inspector Dalton McConney said officers from Brixton and Streatham came face to face with volunteers from ethnic minorities who had experience of the police.
Although the training could right unintentional wrongs, "we have to get rid of racist officers," he said.