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Met commissioner admits the force ‘is not free of discrimination, racism or bias’

MET Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick admitted today that the force “is not free of discrimination, racism or bias.”

Her comments came as the Met outlined plans for 40 per cent of new recruits to be from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) from 2022.

She said: “I recognise trust in the Met is still too low in some black communities, as is their trust in many other institutions.

“I feel very sorry about that. It is something I have worked to change and I commit now to stepping up that work further.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan published an action plan to address concerns over the use of police powers affecting black Londoners, including stop and search and the use of Taser.

He called for an immediate review of police road traffic stops in the capital and has asked the Met to launch a year-long pilot scheme looking at samples to identify any disproportionality relating to ethnicity.

Figures show that black people are almost four times more likely to be stopped and searched in the street than white people in London. 

They are also six times more likely to be stopped in their vehicles, according to City Hall.

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