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The Macpherson report: 22 years on

30 Jul 2021

Today’s report by the Home Affairs Select Committee examines how police have progressed against recommendations made in the Macpherson Report.  

National Police Chiefs' Council Chair Martin Hewitt said:

“HASC’s thorough report does justice to the significant impact that Sir William Macpherson has had on society since 1999. Since then, policing has changed but as this report makes clear, not far or fast enough to secure the confidence of all communities and especially Black people. This is of deep regret for policing and of course those who knew Stephen.  Putting that right is an operational imperative because the legitimacy and effectiveness of UK policing is built on relationships between the police and the public.             

“We share this report’s ambition and it will inform our developing Inclusion and Race Plan of Action, which already reflects some of the same proposals to improve practice and secure trust.

“To help us deliver on our commitment to tangible change, we will soon be announcing the appointment of an Independent Oversight and Scrutiny Chair , who, along with a robust board, will shape the plan of action and check and challenge its delivery by policing.  

"We will carefully consider the committee’s recommendations working with the new Independent Oversight and Scrutiny Chair and partners including the Home Office.”