Race Discrimination

Read about our work to tackle race discrimination within policing.

The Macpherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence stated that the police service was institutionally racist. The Inquiry found consistent evidence of the ‘over-policing’ and ‘under-protection’ of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  

The Macpherson Inquiry was instrumental in the creation of our predecessor, the IPCC and is the reason the IOPC exists today.

More than twenty years on, much of the evidence provided to the Home Affairs Select Committee in its Macpherson: 20 Years on Inquiry (“the HASC Inquiry”), suggested that the police service has largely failed to overcome issues and perceptions of institutional racism. 

The College of Policing's own report published in July 2021 highlighted the significant improvements still needed in this areas of policing.

Our own research and public confidence monitoring consistently show that some groups have less confidence in the police complaints system than White people - and are less likely to complain, particularly those from Black communities. 

In September 2020, we launched of our thematic work on Race Discrimination to help tackle the issues widening the confidence gap between communities and policing. 

Guide to Race Discrimination work

Operation Hotton

In January 2022 we made 15 recommendations to the Metropolitan Police Service to tackle significant cultural issues within the force, including racism, bullying and sexism.

Stop and Search Report

In 2022 we published a National Stop and Search Learning Report that included 18 learning recommendations to improve the use of stop and search, across England and Wales.