Knife crime and the Macpherson report examined

08 March 2019

The Home Committee Affairs Committee hears from senior police leaders and experts about their views on progress achieved since the Macpherson report and its 70 recommendations.


Tuesday 12 March in the Committee Room 18, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am (Serious Violence)

  • Chief Constable Sara Thornton CBE QPM, Chair, National Police Chiefs’ Council

At 10.30am (Macpherson)

  • Chief Constable Sara Thornton CBE QPM, Chair, National Police Chiefs' Council
  • John Azah OBE, Chief Executive, Kingston Racial Equality Council
  • Melanie Field, Executive Director of Corporate Strategy and Policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission

Purpose of the session

This is the second oral evidence session for the Committee's inquiry marking the 20th anniversary of the Macpherson report – the culmination of the public inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

The Committee will also have an opportunity to question Sara Thornton about the recent rise in serious violence, on which the Committee is running a separate inquiry.

The session is likely to cover:

  • The recent rise in serious violence, and its links to police funding cuts
  • Progress in addressing institutional racism within policing since the publication of the Macpherson report
  • The recruitment, progression and promotion of black and minority ethnic (BAME) police officers and staff
  • Discipline and conduct proceedings within policing, including fairness and consistency in the treatment of BAME officers and staff; and
  • Progress against other recommendations of the Macpherson report, such as those relating to stop and search and racist hate crime reporting.

Further information

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