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Macpherson and After: Policing Racist Incidents in Midshire

NCJ Number
International Journal of Police Science Management Volume: 4 Issue: 3 Dated: 2002 Pages: 265-280
Andrew Pilkington
Ian K. McKenzie
Date Published
16 pages
This article reports on the local response of the police force in Midshire, England, to racist incidents following the 1999 Macpherson Report concerning institutionalized racism in Britain.
This report notes that the Midshire police force was renown for its implementation of the Macpherson recommendations by means of a proactive response to racist incidents. However, this response to new policy initiatives by a primarily white police force was found to be negatively influenced by established practices and the occupational culture. Even though senior law enforcement officers had put in place a range of appropriate policies and procedures for handling racist incidents, the victims of racist incidents, particularly those from minority ethnic groups, were comparatively dissatisfied with the police response. It was found that significant under reporting continued, and underlying trends were not routinely identified. It was found that inadequate training and staffing at the unit responsible for supporting repeat victims contributed to the lack of success in implementing Macpherson's proposals. Tables, figures and bar graphs are included showing reported racist incidents in Midshire by financial year, from 1995 to 2001; levels of victim satisfaction; level of satisfaction of repeat victims; and levels of satisfaction by ethnicity. References