Ten percent of Met officers are of black or ethnic minority origin
Allegations of racism made within the Metropolitan Police have nearly trebled over five years.
Forty-two allegations were made in the year 2011-12, up from 16 in 2006-07, the Met has revealed following a Freedom of Information request.
The figures specifically cover internal complaints by officers about officers.
The Black Police Association said it was a growing issue but in a statement the force said racism would not be tolerated.
Of the 42 allegations made in 2011-12, investigations into 31 cases were ongoing, seven were found to be unsubstantiated, three were substantiated and one resulted in retirement or resignation, the figures showed.
Met Commander Peter Spindler said: “The increase seen reflects the growing confidence of our staff in reporting internal matters that we deal with through our misconduct proceedings.
“These do not arise from public complaints but from staff feeling sufficiently confident to report these issues themselves.”
Supt Leroy Logan, of the Black Police Association, said: “Racism within the Met is clearly a growing, serious issue.”
He said the figures were no surprise.
“The Met needs to get a grip, which it has failed to do over the last few years,” he said.
But he said Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe had recognised that need.
In addition to the internal complaints, a total of 444 allegations of racist behaviour were made by members of the public against Met employees in 2011-12, an increase on figures from a decade earlier, but substantially down from the 750 allegations made in 2008-09.
In April, it was announced that all complaints of racism against Met officers would be automatically referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
“We will always take robust action when any such matters are brought to our attentionâ€
Peter Spindler Met Commander
The IPCC said it would also conduct a “thematic review” of past and current cases to identify any trends.
The IPCC has told the BBC that 60 referrals were received from the Met regarding complaints of racism in April and May this year.
The watchdog is conducting five independent investigations into alleged racist behaviour by Met officers, which involved:
Cdr Spindler said: “We will always take robust action when any such matters are brought to our attention.
Mr Hogan-Howe said the Met would deal with racism “robustly wherever it occurs”
“Our officers and staff are expected to maintain the highest standards of behaviour both on and off duty and racism will not be tolerated.”
In May, London Mayor Boris Johnson ordered a review of anti-racism reforms within the Met.
Changes under scrutiny include opening top positions to people from diverse backgrounds, even when they have not worked as constables.
Latest figures show that by April 2012, 10% of officers were of black or ethnic minority origin, up from 8% in April 2007.
But this compares with 40% of London’s population being from these groups.
When Mr Hogan-Howe launched the review, he said the force was committed to stamping out discrimination.
He said the Met would deal with racism “robustly wherever it occurs”.
The findings of the anti-racism review will be reported in the autumn.
Met Police internal racism allegations treble
Met PC sacked for King’s Cross station takeaway race rant
A Metropolitan Police officer who abused the manager of a snack kiosk in a London railway station has been sacked, the force has said.
Pc Philip Juhasz, 31, was found guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Crown Court.
Juhasz launched into a racist rant when his order was refused by Umer Nazir, 23, at the Delice de France at King’s Cross station in September.
The Met said the PC had breached standards of professional behaviour.
Juhasz was off-duty when he confronted Mr Nazir demanding food due to be thrown away should be sold at a discounted price.
After being found guilty in court in March he was fined Â£375 and ordered to pay Â£615 costs.
He faced a gross misconduct hearing this month.
A Met spokesman said: “A Metropolitan Police officer has been dismissed for breaching standards of professional behaviour, namely authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct following a gross misconduct hearing on 5 July.
“He was found guilty by magistrates of two offences contrary to section five of the public order act.”