The book will explore the impact of the Lawrence Report since it was published in 1999. Upon publication, Home Secretary Jack Straw promised that the Macpherson Inquiry would lead to real change in the policing of minority ethnic communities in Britain. Several senior police officers made similar pledges and insisted that the benchmark against which their commitment should be judged should be the extent to which progress was made 'on the ground'. In the aftermath of the report a host of initiatives have addressed issues ranging from police liaison with victims, first aid training, to stop and search procedures and police complaints. As well as exploring the many ways in which the Lawrence Report has impacted on the police service and on society more widely this collection assesses the extent to which, in retrospect, the Macpherson Inquiry has led to significant changes to policing, and highlights areas where future efforts ought to be concentrated.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Policing and Racism in the Limelight - the politics and context of the Lawrence Report, Michael Rowe 1. The Historical Context: Policing and Black People in Post-War Britain, James Whitfield 2. Diversity or Anarchy? The Post-Macpherson Blues, Eugene McLaughlin 3. Police Diversity Training: a Silver-Bullet Tarnished?, Michael Rowe and Jon Garland 4. Understanding 'Institutional Racism': The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry and the Police Service Reaction, Anna Souhami 5. Black Police Associations and the Lawrence Report, Simon Holdaway and Megan O'Neill 6. Policing Muslim Communities, Neil Chakraborti 7. Macpherson, Police Stops and Institutionalised Racism, Kevin Stenson and P.A.J. Waddington 8. Reform by Crisis: The Murder of Stephen Lawrence and a Socio-Historical Analysis of Developments in the Conduct of Major Crime Investigations, Mark Roycroft, Jennifer Brown and Martin Innes 9. View from Within - the realities of promoting race and diversity inside the police service, Hilary Kinnell
Mike Rowe is a Reader in Criminology at Northumbria University. Prior to this he was Associate Professor at Victoria University, Wellington, and Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology.