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Chief police officers have formally adopted a national policy of prohibiting police officers from being members of ...
Chief police officers have formally adopted a national policy of prohibiting police officers from being members of the British National Party. This applies to all police forces in England and Wales. The policy was unanimously endorsed at a chief constables' council meeting earlier this month.

Chris Fox, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said:

'Chief constables have formally adopted a policy of prohibiting any of their officers or staff from becoming members of the BNP. We are totally committed to full compliance with the duty to promote race equality established in the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 and I am extremely pleased that we have been able to take this further step.

'Under this policy, no member of the police service, whether police officer or police staff, may be a member of an organisation whose constitution, aims, objectives or pronouncements contradict the general duty to promote race equality. This specifically includes the British National Party.

'We anticipate that non-compliance will result in dismissal.'


-This national policy comes under the provisions of Regulation 6, Police Regulations 2003, Police (Conduct) Regulations 1999 and the Police Support Staff Conditions of Service.

-Through a series of committees and working groups ACPO members, often in consultation with other groups, develop policy and guidance for the police service. The association aims to assist chief officers in providing excellence in leadership of the service; to ensure a professional and ethical service is delivered to all communities; and to provide professional advice to government, police authorities, other organisations and individuals with an interest in policing issues.

-ACPO's 292 members are; police officers of assistant chief constable rank (Commanders in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police) and above, and senior non-police managers, in the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus national agencies such as NCIS and the National Crime Squad, and other forces such as British Transport Police and states of Jersey Police.

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