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The commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Dame Cressida Dick, has admitted "there is much more to be done" to improve public trust in the force.
Her comments, which included a stated ambition to increase the number of black officers in the Met, follows criticism from the mother of two black women who were stabbed to death in a park in June.
Mina Smallman believes the force "made assumptions" about her daughters and was slow to investigate when Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46, were reported missing.
The pair had been celebrating Ms Henry's birthday with a picnic at Fryent Country Park in Wembley, north-west London.
"They looked at my daughter's address and thought they knew who she was. A black woman who lives on a council estate," Mrs Smallman said.
The sisters were found after a search organised by their family and friends, rather than a police-orchestrated one.
Two police officers are also being investigated over allegations they took and shared photographs of themselves with the women's bodies when they should have been securing the scene.
Dame Cressida said: "The Met is not free of discrimination, racism or bias. I have always acknowledged that and do now again.
"In the Met we have zero tolerance of racism. My job is to continue to try to eliminate any such racism and discrimination, however it appears. pgslot
"My top two operational priorities are reducing violence and increasing public confidence in the Met, particularly the confidence of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
"I am sure that will be good for all Londoners and it will help us achieve our mission of making the Met the most trusted police service in the world."