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Daily View: What now for race relations in the police?

Clare Spencer | 10:19 UK time, Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Ali Dizaei.jpgThe sentencing of Metropolitan Police Commander and Black Police Association president Ali Dizaei for corruption has prompted commentators to consider the implications for race relations in the police.

Former Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard Andy Hayman says in the Times the Police Service can move on from an age of political correctness after the Stephen Lawrence inquiry:

"The police can afford to be less frightened about dealing with racially sensitive issues: it is no longer the case that the default position of a jury is to assume that the police are racist."

Ex-deputy assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick describes in the Independent his time working with Ali Dizaei in the Metropolitan Police and calls it a bad day for race relations:

"Many at Scotland Yard, and those who have since retired like Andy Hayman and Sir Ian Blair who oversaw the original Dizaei investigation, will be celebrating his demise. For me it's an ill-wind that blows no one any good, with both the Met and the Black Police Association having been damaged in the process.
The actions of Dizaei and his imprisonment will do little to improve race relations in the police service or improve public confidence in the police."

The chairman of the Metropolitan Black Police Association Sergeant Alfred John tells the BBC Today Programme the police force is "without a doubt" still racist and so there is still a need for the BPA:

"Black people are still are still disproportionately disciplined, they are still disproportionately asked to resign and there is still a lack of progression for black people."

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Andrew Gilligan in the Telegraph thinks getting rid of Ali Dizaei will mean an improvement for race relations in the police:

"Some commentators are claiming that there will be 'big reverberations' from this conviction. There won't be. After Dizaei's arrest, the BPA [Black Police Association] called for black Londoners to boycott recruitment for the Met - a call that went almost entirely ignored. That showed how much clout Dizaei and the race-mongers really have."

The police blogger known as WPC EE Bloggs sympathises with the officers who had to work with Mr Dizaei:

"Whilst the abuse of businessman Waab al-Baghdadi is of course the clearest of the allegations against Ali Dizaei, the abuse of internal power is perhaps more pernicious and more damaging."

Another anonymous police blogger with the moniker Inspector Gadget is pleased with the result:

"Maybe at last we can bin the ridiculous Diversity agenda which allowed him to survive for so long and get back to treating everyone as equal."

The police blogger known as the Thinking Policeman echoes these concerns:

"I hope his conviction marks a turning point where there will be less use of the race card and spineless managers will grow a backbone and stand up to egotistical, bullying, incompetent thugs like Dizaei."

Finally, the Guardian editorial calls this the most corrupt case for forty years:

"Forty years ago, when the most influential British police chief of the postwar era, Robert Mark, took over as the Metropolitan police commissioner, he made a celebrated and shocking remark. 'The basic test of a decent police force is that it catches more criminals than it employs,' Mark said. Then he added: 'And the Met is failing that test.'"

Links in full

TimesAndy Hayman | Times | A bully and liar who played the system
TelegraphAndrew Gilligan | Telegraph | A defeat for the race-mongers
BBC NewsAlfred John | BBC Today Programme
TelegraphTelegraph | The Metropolitan Police sighs with relief
IndependentBrian Paddick | Independent | A bad day for race relations in the police
MailDaily Mail | The bent copper who abused the race card
Inspector GadgetPolice Inspector Blog | Commander Ali Dizaei IS a crook after all SHOCK!
WPC EE Bloggs | Dizzy Dizzy Dizzy
see also200 Weeks | Back of the net
The Thinking Policeman | Thank God!
Duty SGT | Soap Box
GuardianGuardian | Metropolitan police: Failing the test

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