A controversial study on racial disparities in the UK has claimed that the “overwhelming majority” of police officers are “honest and good people”.
He states that the success of a large part of the ethnic minority population in education and, to a lesser extent, in the economy “should be seen as a model for other predominantly white countries” .
His recommendations include calls for a closer examination of police images carried on the bodies of stops and searches, more detailed and publicly accessible data, more local recruitment into the police force, and improved training to help. officers to interact with the communities they serve.
The report defends the use of stop and search despite figures showing black people are disproportionately affected by politics.
The report goes on to defend the police, calling them “good people” but adding that there is a “minority” who bring “shame and dishonor” to those they represent.
He said, “The Commission unequivocally states that the overwhelming majority of those serving in police zones across the country are decent and good people.
“These are the men and women who work to protect and serve us all. They put themselves in danger so that we don’t have to.
“They are the ones we turn to, sometimes when we are in the most desperate circumstances. It is an injustice in itself to portray them, or the police service as a whole, as nothing less.
He adds, “But as with all cross-sector work forces and all corners of society as a whole, there is a minority of individuals who shame and dishonor themselves and those they represent.”
The report describes checks and searches as an “essential tool” for policing, but the statistics behind the activity have “remained unexplained for too long”.
The report came under heavy criticism within hours of its publication. One line from the study was accused of putting “a positive spin on slavery and empire” by explaining its recommendation on teaching history in schools.