Police screen out the racists

One
in five police applicants are being screened out on the grounds they have
inappropriate views on race, according to Home Office minister Baroness
Scotland.

The
minister was speaking after new figures revealed that the police are still
disproportionately targeting the black and Asian communities when carrying out
‘stop and search’ checks.

"The
lack of progress was frustrating since we have done so much to change
procedures,” she said, referring to the fact 20 per cent of applicants are now
turned away because of their racist views.

“We
have got to create an environment in which our entire community believe that
joining the police is something they can do.”

The
figures have prompted the Home Office to set up a new stop and search action
team to combat discrimination, according to the Guardian newspaper.

By Daniel Thomas

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