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Our Founder writes for The Daily Telegraph about bringing and end to critical race theory and the other divisive ideologies that capture parts of policing:

British Transport Police have launched a bursary for “British African” law students after admitting “systemic racism” and “Afriphobia”.

Leaving to one side the question of whether policing should be funding bursaries at all, some of our police chiefs urgently need to start paying attention to the law-abiding majority. 

This bursary is just the latest example of police chiefs believing they know best, appeasing activists, not realising or not caring that in doing so they are alienating the wider public. 

They talk about “trust” and “confidence” – though almost always only in the context of minority communities. Professional world-class policing shouldn’t be a zero-sum game, we should all benefit.

But we shouldn’t be surprised. Policing has allowed itself to be captured by a number of woke ideologies. The leaders responsible dragged policing into the middle of an ideological and political battleground – oblivious to the consequences.

After the death of George Floyd in 2020, thousands of miles away, in a different country, on a different continent, and without any UK police officer being anywhere nearby – some of them rushed to declare themselves “anti-racist”.

Whether chasing virtue ahead of retirement, or simply out of a well-intentioned naivety, they gave a green light for the anti-racist ideology to metastasise through policing.

A key tenet of this dangerous ideology is that the answer to past discrimination is more discrimination today. Andy Cooke, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, should confront the these pernicious ideologies head-on in his forthcoming review of political activism and impartiality in policing. But will he?

Perhaps we’ve yet to reach the tipping point at which police chiefs feel able to speak the truth on these issues. One might hope that the grooming gang scandals would have taught them to never shy away from the truth out of a fear of being labelled “racist”.

But the College of Policing’s updated Code of Ethics reads more like a social justice warriors charter than a serious document to support men and women to bravely fight crime.

It demands they “embrace diversity” and gives a green light to political activists within policing to play identity politics – encouraging them to bring issues “to the attention of our leaders”.

It also doubles down with a commitment to the Race Action Plan, itself laden with anti-racist ideology, and revealingly declares it as an example of “focusing on what matters to the public and will best serve their interests”. 

As a former police officer, the invocation to deal with everyone with “sensitivity, respect and dignity” grates. It’s wholly unrealistic for one thing – and could only have been written by someone who has never had to grapple with a violent thug.

Most good crime-fighting police officers did not join the police to be social workers – and certainly not social justice warriors. But, from the signals being put off, some chiefs would rather preside over a paramilitary social justice brigade, than a serious crime-fighting machine.

The fact that 40 per cent of Britons think the police are more interested in being woke than fighting crime doesn’t just reveal the enormous chasm between the public and the police – a chasm they seem intent on widening. It will also come to repel the capable, brave and committed men and women we need in policing’s ranks.

It’s not just the police chiefs who need to push back against pervasive woke ideologies, our elected politicians should, too. But given current polling projections of a Labour landslide, the best remaining opportunity to restore common sense in policing may soon sit with elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

They have an opportunity in their forthcoming elections in less than 100 days time to stand apart from their opponents, and to stand with the majority of both the public and police officers who are fed up with policing’s political activism.

A Labour government will only accelerate the current transformation of policing into a paramilitary social justice service – never mind that the ensuing de-policing will make our streets less safe, with the poorest suffering most.

If there was ever a time for Police and Crime Commissioners to field a common sense crime-fighting manifesto, and to work with their chief to make the streets safer and close the gap between the law-abiding majority and the police, that time is now.

Read the full article in The Telegraph here.

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