The recommendation

‘I want this report to serve as a watershed in our attitudes to racism. I want it to act as a catalyst for permanent and irrevocable change, not just across our public services but across the whole of our society.’

Quote from Jack Straw (the then home secretary) 24th September 1999 

 

The Macpherson Report published 70 Recommendations for the police service based on the issues and misconduct demonstrated in the report. Those recommendations have been implemented over the past twelve years and have achieved major progress with regards to equal treatment of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. While British civil society organisations and BME communities see the achievements made so far they call upon the police forces to not become complacent and continue to strive towards ending institutional racism within the police force.

This Dossier focuses on six of the recommendation areas of particular relevance for Germany. Within these six areas the dossier looks into the ways the Police have aimed to implement the recommendations into their service. You will also find material about implementation measures and improvements made within the police since 1999.

  1. Openness, Accountability and the Restoration of Confidence (Recommendation 5, 11)
  2. Family Liaison and Witness’s (Recommendation 23, 24, 27, 29)
  3. Recruitment and Employment (Recommendation 7, 48.b, 52, 53, 55, 57, 58, 64, 66)
  4. Reporting and Recording of Racist Incidents and Crimes (Recommendation 13, 15, 16, 21)
  5. Stop and Search (Recommendation 61, 62, 63)
  6. Investigation and Prosecution of Racist Crimes (Recommendation 34, 36)

The recommendations of the Macpherson Report concerning the legal framework to tackle racially motivated crimes have in 2000 led to an amendment of the Race Relations Act 1976. This amendment covers public bodies including the police.  The Race Realtions Act has been consilidated into the Equality Act 2010.

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