Every police officer will have to participate in lessons on black history in an effort to tackle racism. Officers will be also be told that they should be comfortable being labelled as woke.
According to The Telegraph:
The Police Race Action Plan, being launched on Tuesday, aims to create a police service that is anti-racist and better serves black people across the country.
Chief constables have committed to achieving “zero tolerance of racism” in their forces. They have also pledged to ensure every officer undergoes training and education to better understand the history of the black communities they police.
It is understood the courses will be tailored to specific force areas, with community representatives asked to help develop and structure the programmes.
As part of the radical action plan, chief constables have also committed to identifying and addressing the disproportionate use of force on black people, including stop and search and the discharge of Tasers.
All forces across England and Wales will be tasked with explaining policies or practices where racial disparity exists. If they are unable to justify the disparities, they will have to overhaul the way they operate.
Other proposals include developing strategies to make forces more representative by recruiting and retaining black officers and staff.
Police officers will also be told not be afraid of being labelled “woke”, with the barrister in charge of scrutinising the plan insisting: “I don’t really see how you can be anti-racist and not be comfortable with that terminology.”
The idea for the Race Action Plan was launched in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in the United States two years ago, as well as the wave of Black Lives Matter protests that followed.