Report by former police borough commander Dal Babu finds no evidence of institutional racism at Harrow Council

An independent investigation has found no evidence of institutional racism at Harrow Borough Council.

The four-week review into allegations of institutional racism in Harrow Council was carried out by former Harrow Borough Commander Dal Babu.

In the findings of the report Mr Babu said: “After careful consideration of the evidence presented to this review I have concluded that there is no evidence of institutional racism in Harrow Council.”

In the report the former Chief Superintendent did offer nine recommendations to the council to build on employee relations and to meet the council’s goal of having a workforce representative of the Harrow community.

Council leader Councillor Susan Hall announced the investigation into an allegation of racism, following calls from the Independent Labour group in November last year, but the group announced earlier this week it would not be taking part in the investigation.

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3:57pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Husain Akhtar says...

Back in January, I professionally predicted the outcome of the politically staged and institutionally defined investigation in terms of: "Although there has been some political instability recently and few feel that they have been discriminated in some instances, mostly political, there is no evidence that the council as a body is institutionally racist” – how true I was!
A serious question was also raised at the time: "Should we really continue with this doomed investigation and waste significant public money?” – it looks that the public money has been wasted.
Back in January, I professionally predicted the outcome of the politically staged and institutionally defined investigation in terms of: "Although there has been some political instability recently and few feel that they have been discriminated in some instances, mostly political, there is no evidence that the council as a body is institutionally racist” – how true I was! A serious question was also raised at the time: "Should we really continue with this doomed investigation and waste significant public money?” – it looks that the public money has been wasted. Husain Akhtar
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10:56am Sat 12 Apr 14

pravinshah1 says...

No institutional racism at the Harrow Council, says a well predicted report written by the former Asian Harrow police chief! He was appointed by the council to investigate the allegations of racism at the council, primarily prompted by the Independent Labour Group, but within the framework of the terms of reference defined for him by the council!

I have previously questioned how an investigation could be "independent” if the political arm of the body that has been accused of racism sets the terms of reference and appoints an investigator of its choice on behalf of the body!

The outcome was well predicted.
No institutional racism at the Harrow Council, says a well predicted report written by the former Asian Harrow police chief! He was appointed by the council to investigate the allegations of racism at the council, primarily prompted by the Independent Labour Group, but within the framework of the terms of reference defined for him by the council! I have previously questioned how an investigation could be "independent” if the political arm of the body that has been accused of racism sets the terms of reference and appoints an investigator of its choice on behalf of the body! The outcome was well predicted. pravinshah1
  • Score: 3

3:21pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Please see my detailed comment under "My role was to follow the evidence".

Really fed up of baseless accusations being hurled at the investigating officer in this manner.High time we stopped playing games and started behaving like mature,decent adults so that we can address the issues pin-pointed by him in this detailed report. We have been assured that all these issues will be looked at very carefully,by the Leader of Harrow Council.

Helping BAME groups to achieve appointments at the highest level,training staff to reach their potential and many more practical suggestions such as mentoring have been listed.

Please allow your Council the opportunity to digest the findings and recommendations and only judge them on the basis of future practices and outcomes.Good luck Harrow!

Let us give them a chance to digest these findings and activate the process of redressing any perceived inequalities,so that we can deliver the best service possible for the tax-payers of Harrow.
Please see my detailed comment under "My role was to follow the evidence". Really fed up of baseless accusations being hurled at the investigating officer in this manner.High time we stopped playing games and started behaving like mature,decent adults so that we can address the issues pin-pointed by him in this detailed report. We have been assured that all these issues will be looked at very carefully,by the Leader of Harrow Council. Helping BAME groups to achieve appointments at the highest level,training staff to reach their potential and many more practical suggestions such as mentoring have been listed. Please allow your Council the opportunity to digest the findings and recommendations and only judge them on the basis of future practices and outcomes.Good luck Harrow! Let us give them a chance to digest these findings and activate the process of redressing any perceived inequalities,so that we can deliver the best service possible for the tax-payers of Harrow. Sonoo Malkani
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1:31pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Husain Akhtar says...

I hope one day public might know the the actual cost of this controversial ‘investigation’ which does not add to what we already know!
I hope one day public might know the the actual cost of this controversial ‘investigation’ which does not add to what we already know! Husain Akhtar
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