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Complaints of Racial Discrimination (339A/22)


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?

Clarification received 16/03/2022:

Could I get both claims lodged and resulting hearings please


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