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Police racism: Seven officers suspended.

THREE more police officers have been suspended following the broadcast of a controversial documentary exposing racism among recruits, it emerged today.

Two officers from Greater Manchester Police and one officer from Cheshire were suspended after the programme was broadcast last night.

Four officers, three from Greater Manchester and one from North Wales Police, had already been suspended before the programme, The Secret Policeman, was aired on BBC1.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Green of Greater Manchester Police, said the force expected to take further action once it received spare BBC footage.

He said: "Racism has no place in Greater Manchester Police and we are totally committed to tackling it both inside and outside the force.

"Our investigation into the issues, which is being independently supervised, will be thorough."

His counterpart in Cheshire, David Green, said the racist conduct shown in the programme was "abhorrent".

He said: "There is great disappointment and anger at all levels within the police service that a small group of officers, including one from Cheshire, have let us all down.

"Racist conduct is abhorrent in any form, whether inside or outside the service and strenuous efforts have been made by the Cheshire Constabulary and other forces to challenge such racism."

He said the programme underlined the commitment of police trainers to challenge racial stereotypes but conceded that measures currently in place to root out racist attitudes were insufficient.

He said the force would review its recruitment procedures.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 22, 2003
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