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Cops to take pledge against racism

North Wales Force chief believes written promise will help in rooting out racism in the Force, reports Nabanita Sircar.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2004 12:20 IST

Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom, head of the North Wales Force, has decided to make top recruits sign a personal anti-racism pledge before they can be considered for a job. He believes the written promise will help in eradicating racism and prejudice in the Force.

His plan is to monitor the recruits after they have signed the pledge to watch out for any racist attitude in them. Anyone who has will face the strongest penalties and might also be dismissed.

Brunstrom thought of the idea following a BBC1 documentary The Secret Policemen, that exposed racism among trainees at a Police Training College in Cheshire. One trainee officer admitted he was racist and said all Asian officers should be kicked out of the Force. Another officer was shot on the camera wearing a Ku Klux Klan style of hood over his head and making inflammatory remarks about an Asian who was also doing the course with him.

Later, this officer went to work for Brunstrom and was one of the eight probationary officers to resign following the exposure by BBC. Brunstrom said that he expected commitment to basic standards of decency and respect in the recruits. The move has been praised by a few ethnic minority community leaders. They hope other senior officers will follow Brunstrom's initiative.

First Published: Dec 29, 2003 20:13 IST