The Independent Scrutiny and Oversight Board (ISOB) has scrutinised the Police Race Action Plan (PRAP) and in August 2023 they published their report, giving seven thematic and seventeen workstream specific recommendations to improve its delivery.
All workstream specific recommendations were accepted in full.
All thematic recommendations were accepted in full with the exception of one which was accepted in part regarding the restructuring of PRAP. This is due to the following:
The hierarchical structure of PRAP, has potential to promote clarity, efficiency and collaboration. Given the hierarchical structures within policing we need to work within existing structures to get change implemented. This means using the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) structure of committees and sub groups to implement actions coming out of PRAP.
The NPCC Chair chairs a national Gold Group on standards, which is now being broadened to include the cultural reforms necessary for long term change. This will allow an opportunity for PRAP, through the Programme Director, to influence and advocate for anti-racism approaches across other projects and programmes, by being part of the national group.
Ongoing work is being undertaken to ensure those who are responsible for delivery of PRAP are genuinely dedicated to anti-racism work and are adequately supported and resourced in that work.
We will ensure every member of the team on the Programme is valued - looking at continuing professional development, routes to progression and wider development, ensuring there are clear lines of communication and methods to voice ideas and concerns.
Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.
We have made progress since these recommendations were made and will continue to work closely with key stakeholders, ensure Black communities influence the next version of The Plan and fast track actions which will improve policing for Black communities.