Date Responded 08 April 2021

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:

Please can you provide a breakdown for the number of police officers that have been investigated, reprimanded or sacked for racist behaviour in each calendar year from 2015 to 2020.

Can you also provide details of the incidents that led to disciplinary action taking place and the outcome of that action.

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Professional Standards Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided has been extracted a ‘live’ database and may be subject to the addition and deletion of complaints, complainants and subjects after the initial extraction of data used for the purposes of this request.

Data has been checked for allegations recorded between 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2020 for complaint and conduct matters relating to racist complaints or behaviour by Police Officers.

All allegations recorded under the allegation type “discriminatory behaviour” were checked as well as a key word search in the allegation summary field for the following the words ‘racism’, ‘racist’, ‘racial’, ‘race’, ‘ethnic’ and ‘discriminatory’.

 

Year

No of Cases

No of

Officers

Disciplinary

Action Taken

Management

Action

No Action

Allegation Summary

Outcome

Case Status

2015

20

35

1

1

33

That the officer has racially abused a taxi driver, during a taxi journey.

Dismissed

Finalised

2016

20

28

0

1

27

N/A

N/A

Finalised

2017

19

33

0

0

33

N/A

N/A

Finalised

2018

17

22

1

0

21

When off duty, the Officer made racially offensive comments. The Officer was reported by their colleagues for this behaviour.

Dismissed

Finalised

2019

19

34

0

1

32

N/A

N/A

1 x Live

2020

20

21

0

0

15

N/A

N/A

6 x Live

3 x Review Period

2 x IOPC Review

 

 

 

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