Scotland Yard’s senior-most Indian-origin officer speaks out against racism

LONDON: Neil basuThe highest grade of Indian origin Scotland yard the officer as a former UK counter-terrorism chief and even appointed head of the UK’s largest police force, spoke out against racism and revealed how he faced racist attacks as a schoolboy in the 1970s.
In his last interview at the end of his 30-year police career with city ​​policeOutgoing Assistant Commissioner Basu told ‘Channel 4 News’ of his concerns around its watchdog’s lack of tough action to crack down on racism within police ranks – home office.
The son of a Bengali doctor, a father from Kolkata and a mother from Wales, Basu was born and raised in the United Kingdom and has been associated with meet the police through some of its most high profile counterterrorism operations.
“I was the only officer with a non-white face in a very long time, I don’t think Home The office is totally interested in this topic,” Basu told ‘Channel 4 News’ on Tuesday.
When it was pointed out that the Ministry of Home Affairs was run by a woman of Indian descent, Suella BravermanBasu said he found some of the department’s commentary, including around the plan to deport illegal migrants to Rwanda, “inexplicable”.
“It’s unbelievable to hear a bunch of very powerful politicians who look like this speak in a language my father can remember from 1968, it’s just horrible,” he said, alluding to to the racism his interracial couple parents faced in England when he was a child.
“A multiracial couple was walking down the street in the 1960s, stoned… I was beaten up in the 1970s for being a mixed-race child in an all-white school in an all-white school. an all-white area; I talk about race because I know something about race because I’m a 54-year-old multiracial man…this is an under-represented issue,” he said. speak.
The UK Home Office said in a statement: “The Home Secretary expects forces to take a zero-tolerance approach to racism in their workplaces.
“But she’s also been very clear about the need to manage our borders effectively and have an asylum system that works for those in real need, as well as the British people.”
Basu, as Assistant Commissioner, has also been in charge of security for famous public figures, including the British royal family, and revealed Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, has been confronted with how many “disgusting and very real” threats to being a wife. of the Prince Harry in the UK.
“If you’ve seen things written and you’re getting it, online rhetoric, if you don’t know what I know, you’re always going to feel threatened,” he said.
Asked if there were real threats to the Duchess from the far right, he added: “Certainly. We’ve got teams investigating that. People have been prosecuted. for those threats.”
The royal couple have since retreated from the royal front line and moved to the US with their two children and Harry has spoken of security concerns for his family in the UK.
Basu said he has spoken openly about the threat of “radical right-wing terrorism” in the country because it is the “fastest growing” threat he faces as a counterterrorism officer. Father.
“When I started counterterrorism in 2015, it was about 6% of our total workload. When I left 15, 16 months ago, it accounted for more than 20% of our workload.” he revealed.
The officer, who is about to step down after 30 years with the Met, talks about the “profound mental and physical impact” his job has had but feels proud overseeing 29 conspiracies Terror is broken. He also acknowledged the force was in “crisis” following recent damaging revelations around corrupt and criminal Met Police officers but the new commissioner said, Mark Rowleysolved the problem.
On being rejected for some of the top crime-fighting jobs, including most recently as head of the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), Basu said: “I surmise that it’s because I’ve been outspoken on issues that don’t sit well with the current administration. They’re wrong, diversity and inclusion are two of the things that matter. most important for policing.”


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