Crown prosecutors escape probe after culture change

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Crown prosecutors escape probe after culture changeOn 24 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The HR director at the Crown Prosecution Service is to report twice yearlyto the Commission for Racial Equality in an effort to stamp out racism in theservice. A planned formal investigation has been dropped because the CRE believes theCPS has made “clear progress” in changing its culture after beingdeemed institutionally racist in a review last year. Now the service will report every six months to the CRE about the progressit is making in eliminating racism. The reports must include evidence of robustrecruitment, selection and promotion policies and the bi-annual staff surveyresults. Next month the CPS is to launch a new complaints procedure, including an informalsystem – where staff are trained as advisers and mediators. Externalinvestigators will also be employed to investigate formal complaints. Rohan Collier, head of equality and diversity at the CPS, believes tacklingproblems informally will improve race relations at the service. “We didnot have an informal system and staff, particularly black staff, did not trustmanagers and expected ‘a management stitch-up’ so a lot of complaints went toemployment tribunal,” she said. The organisation has a target of 18 per cent ethnic minority representationat senior level by 2005 and will benchmark its progress against other civilservice institutions. Angela O’Connor, HR director at the CPS, will meet CRE investigators”twice a year at the very least” to report the success of HR’spolicies and practices. O’Connor has warned the organisation it must maintain its good progress. By Paul Nelsonlast_img read more