Aftermath of Stockwell shooting enquiry

By Press Office
November 10, 2007

Calls for the resignation of Sir Ian Blair have been missing the key point about procedures to ensure transparency and accountability in the police, says Simon Barrow, co-director of the think tank Ekklesia - which has also renewed criticism of the shoot-to-kill approach underlying the tragic Stockwell tube killing in July 2005.

The comments were made shortly before the release of the Independent Police Complaints Commission report last week.

"In fact [forcing Sir Ian Blair to resign] may be just the wrong move in terms of the need for further change – an easy and visible ‘pay off’ without, necessarily, any systemic benefit in what has been identified by Mr Justice Henriques as “a corporate failure ”, added Barrow.

"The potential losses also need to be examined. Overall, Sir Ian Blair has been an important agent for change in the Met – re-emphasising community policing, opposing racism, seeking to modernise the service, and developing a better relationship of the police with the public, including minority communities. There is more to be done in all these areas, and he is still in a good place to oversee it. Perhaps more so, given the expectation that will follow in the wake of this verdict."

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