I am submitting a Freedom of Information request to find out the following information:
- The number of police officers disciplined due to expressing views of a racial or racist nature- either verbally, in written form, online or on social media in each of the financial years (April to March) 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.
- The number of civilian staff disciplined due to expressing views of a racial or racist nature – either verbally, in written form, online or on social media in each of the financial years (April to March) 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18.
- Please break down the answers to questions 1 and 2 into outcomes of disciplinary action, specifically: how many resulted in no further action, how many in proceedings being discontinued/not proven, how many ended in management advice, how many with a verbal warning, how many with a written warning and how many in a final written warning and how many in dismissal?
Please find attached our response.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.
The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.
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.