The Metropolitan Police is still institutionally racist, according to the commander of the force's anti-racist unit as the 10-year anniversary of Stephen Lawrence's murder is marked.
Commander Cressida Dick, head of the Met's diversity directorate, admitted the force would probably never be totally free of racism.
The handling of the Lawrence case led to a shake-up in how the force handles racial matters.
Dick told the Independent newspaper it was difficult to imagine a time when she would be able to say the force was no longer institutionally racist.
However, she also claimed the Met had made great progress in the way it tried to root out and eradicate racism.
Eighteen-year-old Stephen Lawrence was stabbed to death at a bus stop in South-East London and the following bungled police investigation failed to convict anyone of the murder.
In 1999 the subsequent public inquiry led by Sir William McPherson labelled the force institutionally racist.