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Anti-Racist Police Squads

Volume 13: debated on Thursday 26 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, North-East on 21 October, if he will give consideration to the establishment of special anti-racist police squads.

: As my right hon. Friend said in the foreword to the report of the study of racial attacks carried out by officials, he is not persuaded in the light of their enquiries that it would be right to set up specialised police units to deal specifically with racial attacks. My right hon. Friend prefers to leave it to the judgment of chief constables to deploy their officers in the way best calculated to instil an appreciation of the problem throughout the force, and not merely within a small specialised unit.