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Passion Islam I July 2008 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 3
Muslim absent
from the police,
as twenty forces
‘block race audit’
The Home Secretary has been asked to still do not have the level
intervene in a fresh police race row as it of diversity that the public
was claimed at least 20 forces blocked rightly expects.”
an inquiry into discrimination against Progress on diversity was
Muslim officers. “painfully slow”, he added.
Barely half of the 43 forces in England The revelations come
and Wales co-operated in an audit into just days after it emerged
the treatment of officers from ethnic Tarique Ghaffur, Britain’s
minorities, the National Association of most senior Muslim officer,
Muslim Police said. was considering suing the In the questionnaire, the association
In a letter to Jacqui Smith, Zaheer Metropolitan police for discrimination. asked forces about the promotional
Ahmad, president of the association, From the data provided to the prospects, rank and number of Muslim
also claimed information from the forces association, it was revealed 95% of black and black officers employed. Initially just
that did respond suggested routine racial and minority ethic officers are in the most 11 of the 43 forces replied - 23 co-operated
harassment. junior rank. when the deadline was extended.
Referring to 10 years since the inquiry Figures also revealed Muslim officers From the replies it received, just 0.3%
into the murder of Stephen Lawrence are almost “entirely absent” from of police officers were found to be
found the Metropolitan Police to be specialist operations such as counter- Muslim, compared with 3% of the British
“institutionally racist”, an association terrorism - a move Mr Ahmad believed is population.
spokesman said its audit revealed: “We hampering the fight against terrorism. www.passionislam.com
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