Bas Javid joined the Avon and Somerset police in 1993. Last year he became a commander at the Met. He reflects on his experiences as a BAME officer and discusses the use of stop and search, which has been cited as a continued source of tension between the force and communities. Ben Bowling, a professor of criminology and criminal justice, examines the history of police race relations
Rachel Humphreys talks to Commander Bas Javid, the brother of the former chancellor Sajid Javid, about how racism during his childhood and his own experiences of stop and search influenced his decision to join Avon and Somerset police in 1993. Last year, he moved to the Metropolitan police and has been in charge of frontline policing during lockdown. He discusses the challenges the force has faced, and answers criticism of its use of stop and search.
She also talks to Ben Bowling, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at King’s College London. Ben looks at the Met’s history of race relations and discusses the impact of the Macpherson report, which was published in the wake of the 1993 racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence. He believes the force has made a lot of progress but still has a way to go.
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