Racial Discrimination By Officers or Staff - 377/22

Date Responded 28 March 2022

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1. How many complaints have been received in the past five years in relation to alleged racial discrimination by officers/staff on other officers/staff ?

2. Have any been upheld? If so, how many?

3. Can you please provide details about each upheld complaint (ie the nature of complaint, date committed, number of officers involved , number of officers dismissed)?

4. In each case where a complaint was upheld, what action was taken against individuals concerned?

5. How many cases of racial discrimination have gone to an employment tribunal within the past 5 years?

After we sought clarity you advised that you refer to the years 2017-2021 inclusive

In Response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with both the Professional Standards and Legal Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

1–4. No information held as officers cannot formally ‘complain’ about each other so there are no records of any complaints. Accordingly cases of ‘misconducts’ have been looked at within the specified time period and there are none that fit the criteria of your request.

5. None.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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