How many complaints of racism have been made against West Midlands Police officers or the force generally in the last five years by complainants from within the Black Country?
Can this be broken down by which LPU the complaint came from (Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell), by year (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and how many complaints were dismissed and how many were upheld?
Please find attached our response.
Please Note: The results are broken down by Local Policing Unit, but other LPU’s are included as some of the complainants from the Black Country do make complaints about officers from other areas of the Force.
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