The Race Action Plan aims to address the disparities affecting Black people and lower levels of trust and confidence in the police among some Black people.
The legitimacy and effectiveness of UK policing is built on relationships between the police and the public but there are long-standing challenges in our relationship with Black people. Levels of trust and confidence are significantly lower among some Black people and racial disparities exist that we cannot fully explain.
To work towards improving policing for Black people, the plan commits to:
Zero tolerance of racism in policing
Adopting an 'explain or reform' approach to address the negative impact and outcomes experienced by Black people
Increasing awareness and understanding of every officer and member of staff of racism, anti-racism, Black history and its connection to policing through introduction of a mandatory programme of training for all police officers and staff
The development of a representative workforce
Increasing the involvement of Black communities in its work and improving support to Black victims of crime. Enable Black people to have their voices heard, raise concerns, work on solving problems in their community and provide feedback and improve support to Black victims of crime
The commitments aim to help protect the public, increase confidence in the police, improve the lives of Black officers and staff, and help towards being recognised as an anti-racist organisation.
Four key workstreams
Nationally, there are four key workstreams in the plan. A summary of these can be found below:
A police service that is representative of Black people and support its Black officers, staff and volunteers.
Increase the awareness and understanding of every officer and member of staff of racism, anti-racism, Black history and its connection to policing
Improve the recruitment, retention and progression of Black people within policing
Improve the understanding of, and address, workplace disparities and the experiences of Black officers and staff
Reduce racial disparities in misconduct and complaints processes and improve support for Black officers and staff
A police service that is fair, respectful and equitable in its actions towards Black people.
Development of a new national approach to help forces identify and tackle racial disparities in the use of powers
Use of the new national approach to improve and promote consistency in the recording, analysis, monitoring and publication of data on police powers
Proposals to strengthen governance and oversight of the use of police powers
Improving the knowledge and skills of all officers on the use of powers
Assessing the impact of digital forensics on Black people and taking action to reduce bias
A police service that routinely involves Black people in its governance.
Developing a stronger national-level and force-level approach to improving the engagement of Black communities in policing activity and governance
Evaluating current and new approaches for building trust and confidence with Black communities, including young Black people
A police service that protects Black people from crime and seeksjustice for Black people.
Developing a national programme of work, engaging the NPCC, and the APCC and the College, to understand which crime types have a disproportional impact on Black people
Developing a more effective police response to hate crime
Work to improve understanding, police interaction and support for vulnerable groups within Black communities
Police and crime commissioners leading a refresh of local crime prevention plans to improve support to Black communities
Establishing a National Black Mentoring Scheme to develop a national register and cohort of Black peer mentors
The NPCC and the College to work with PCCs and departments across government to explore opportunities to secure additional funding