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Monday, November 23, 1998 Published at 02:13 GMT


Racist officers to be sacked

Police chief says racist officers should be dismissed

The new president of the Chief Police Officers' Association has warned that officers who are deliberately racist will be sacked.

Jeremy Ball reports
John Newing told the BBC's 'East Midlands Today' programme that black people are "fed-up" with police racism, and that the service will be judged on the way it tackles the issue.

Mr Newing said there is a will within the police force to tackle racism.

But he said as with wider society it may not be eradicated.

He admitted that as a young officer he may well have unwittingly been responsible for racism.

[ image: There are few black officers in constabularies]
There are few black officers in constabularies
Education of officers is a way forward, according to Mr Newing.

He is adamant that overtly racist officers must be dismissed from the service.

Lawrence inquiry

Mr Newing believes the report into the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry will be a catalyst for change in the service.

Although he, naturally, hopes such a case never happens again, he says the possibility cannot be ruled out.

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