Senior Met officer acknowledges racism problem in UK’s biggest force | Metropolitan Police


A senior Metropolitan Police officer said racism was a problem in the country’s biggest force.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Bas Javid, the brother of Health Secretary Sajid Javid, acknowledged that “people who hold racist views and are racist” were among the force’s personnel.

When asked on BBC Newsnight if he accepts that racism “is a problem in the Metropolitan Police”, Javid replied: “Yes, I do.”

His comments came after Cressida Dick resigned as Met commissioner amid allegations of a toxic culture within the force, including racism and misogyny among officers.

Javid told the programme: ‘Let me be very clear on this: there is absolutely no place for racism in policing, and particularly here in the Metropolitan Police. We have made it very, very clear to our employees that anyone who works for us and exhibits any type of racist or discriminatory behavior will be removed from the organization.

Javid, who served in three police areas for 28 years as an officer, said he was “extremely disappointed” to hear interviews about the program with two black colleagues who said the discrimination was getting worse.

“You know, we’ve done a tremendous amount of work over a long period of time to make this an absolutely clear stance for anti-racism and zero tolerance for any form of discrimination,” the officer told Newsnight. “And the fact that officers or staff have come to you to make allegations, what I’d like to see is an organization where people feel comfortable coming forward and reporting it and dealing with it effectively. .”

He said it would be ‘wrong for me to stand here and tell you that I haven’t seen any examples of racism in my 28 years – absolutely that I have seen any’. “But my favorite place would be to be in the organization doing everything I can to eradicate racism or any form of discrimination,” he said.

Javid added: “Now what I would say is there are people who have racist views and are racist, and they’re in the police. But what I wouldn’t do is describe the whole organization as a racist organization. I think that is extremely unfair to so many people who are working extremely hard to do what I have spoken about today, which is to eradicate racism and other forms of discrimination .

Dick in August 2020 denied the force was institutionally racist, saying it took a zero-tolerance approach to the issue.

On the issue of police stop and search, she said young black men had been “extremely disproportionately stabbed and killed” and “extremely entangled” in the criminal justice system.

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