CPS labelled institutionally racist

The Crown Prosecution Service has been labelled institutionally
racist following an18-month enquiry.

Race Discrimination in the Crown Prosecution Service –
Final Report
, which was commissioned by the CPS, recommends that the
service employs ten full-time equal opportunity officers.

It also calls for promotion to be based on more objective
criteria, including the use of test centres.

The report proposes that equality and diversity should form
an integral part of a new management training programme and positive action
programmes are needed to redress the under representation of the ethnic
minority staff.

“For a large public employer the CPS has responded slowly to
modern equal opportunities legislation and practice. Institutional racism is at
work within the service which does have a problem with its black and ethnic
minority staff,” said the report’s author Sylvia Denman.


By Paul Nelson.

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