Scotland Yard branded 'racist' by its own men!

Updated on Sep 13, 2004 08:25 PM IST

A survey conducted on Scotland Yard's staff has revealed that almost half of them of feel the depatment is still racist.

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PTI | ByAsian News International, London

A survey conducted on Scotland Yard's officers and men has revealed that almost half of them of feel the depatment is still racist.

According to The Mirror, only 49 percent of the around 16,000 officers belonging to the Metropolitan police said that they "treated people equally regardless of their ethnicity".

The findings, which come five years after personnel belonging to Britain's biggest force, The Metropolitan Police was labaeled "institutionally racist", has already sent alarm bells ringing in several places

"This is extremely worrying that the police themselves still believe racism among their ranks is a problem. Much more needs to be done," the paper quoted Milena Buyum, from the National Assembly Against Racism, as saying.

However, top officials in the Police are not much worried with the findings, saying that cultural and attitudinal changes change over a period of time.

"Cultural and attitudinal change does not happen overnight. It takes time, resources and skill and we have come a long way," Met's human resources director Martin Tiplady was quoted as saying.

Incidentally only a mere 15, 616 questionnaires sent out to all the 43,359 Met officers and staff were returned.

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