Below is the text of the comments made by Nick Thomas-Symonds, the Shadow Home Secretary, on 18 June 2020.
We welcome the fact that the National Police Chiefs’ Council is planning to take action on racial inequalities. It is critical that communities have faith in the police and feel that they serve everybody equally, as well as ensuring police officers from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds consider policing an inclusive service.
There have been huge improvements in policing in recent years, not least following the Macpherson report. However, there is absolutely no room for complacency and, as the Black Lives Matter movement reminds us, we all have a duty to understand what more we can do to tackle racism.