Passed: 13th July
(Sent to annual conference)
Conference recognises that the murder of George Floyd resonated with black communities in the UK, stands in solidarity with all communities who face systemic police racism, and states unequivocally that Black Lives Matter.
Conference acknowledges black people’s disproportionate experience of:
- ‘stop and search’;
- anti-gang initiatives;
- school-based police officers;
- police use of tasers, restraints and force;
- deaths in custody;
Conference believes that:
- crime must be considered in the context of over a decade of austerity, with cuts to public services alongside real term decline in wages, insecurity of housing and employment, and growing child poverty;
- the police are not well suited to their increased role in youth and social work, mental health services, and discipline within schools.
Conference notes that the UK:
- has the second largest policing budget per capita, and the largest prison population, in western Europe;
- spends more on criminal justice than on primary education, on social care, or on social housing.
Conference calls on the Party:
- to move beyond piecemeal reforms, and to engage in a radical rethink of policing, with policies based on tangible evidence, prioritising restorative over punitive justice;
- to demand the investments needed in mental health, youth and care services, education, housing and jobs, identified as essential responses to crime and community safety, and to build them into our next manifesto;
- to oppose indiscriminate ‘stop and search’, and all racial profiling;
- to oppose the deployment of school-based police officers, and instead seek to invest in additional youth workers, counsellors and teaching staff in schools.