Letters - The Met is on the case

Nick Cohen ("Why the Met faces a crisis over race", 1 December) describes a serious malady but ignores the enormous efforts of the Met and its police authority to secure a fair police service for all London's communities. We recognise the need to change the internal grievance, complaints and disciplinary processes, and have set up an independent inquiry into just these issues. We have also reviewed community and race relations training, the first such evaluation by a police authority. Following the BBC documentary The Secret Policeman, it provides a timely assessment of the impact such training has on the views and behaviour of officers and civil staff at all levels. Its recommendations will be vigorously implemented.

Toby Harris
Chair, Metropolitan Police Authority
London SW1

This article first appeared in the 15 December 2003 issue of the New Statesman, Blessed are the peacemakers (and probably Norwegians)