Damage limitation message to residents from Newham's police's acting Borough Commander on racism allegations:

Dear Newham Residents,

I’m sure that you have been as shocked as I have regarding the recent media reports of apparent racist remarks and alleged assault by some officers in Newham in August of last year. In line with the Commissioner’s response to these events, I wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate, clearly and categorically, that there is no place for racism in the Metropolitan Police Service and here at Newham.

The Metropolitan Police has changed greatly over the years, constantly striving to improve our relationship with all Londoners and those who visit us. Unfortunately, incidents such as these can be very damaging to public confidence in their police service.

Following the events, an officer was suspended from duty at the time of the incident and others have been placed on restricted duties whilst a full investigation continues by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. In Newham, a meeting was convened on 3rd April with our key partners and members of the Independent Advisory Group to share details of the actual events and to ensure we listen and respond to community concerns.

Newham Police are absolutely determined to police the communities we serve with dignity, humanity, fairness and respect. Any failure to adhere to these standards of professionalism will not be tolerated. What we have heard over the last few days is of course completely at odds with all the close work that goes on with communities across London and in Newham every day. We will continue to work hard to forge strong relationships with people who can advise us and rightly hold us to account.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself, your Safer Neighbourhoods Team or any member of my policing team should you require any further information or have any concerns.

Superintendent Craig Haslam
Acting Borough Commander
Newham Borough Police
4th April 2012

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