Police to get new guidelines on diversity after damning report

The
Government has agreed to develop new national guidelines after a damning report
into the way police officers are trained to deal with race and diversity
issues.

Home
Office minister John Denham said a new framework would form a key part of the
Government’s police reform agenda, announced in the National Policing Plan last
November.

The
move is in response to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) race
and diversity training report, which pointed to a lack of genuine commitment
from the police.

In
line with recommendations contained in the HMIC report, the new guidelines will
set out how police forces will:


consult communities in drawing up local training plans


assess race and diversity training needs on an individual basis


train all staff in race and diversity awareness


ensure race and diversity training is of a high standard and rigorously
evaluated

The
plan will be developed by the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police
Officers and the Association of Police Authorities.

www.homeoffice.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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