Racism Complaints (2451_16)

Request

How many complaints of racism has your force received by (a) an alleged victim (b) a fellow police officer, or (c) a third party in respect of racist comments or behaviour by a member of your force? Please give figures for the 2014/15 financial year

How many officers have been disciplined as a result of these complaints of racism and what was the result of that disciplinary action

In relation to the last five incidents which fell within the remit of Q2 please state any words or phrases that were deemed to have been racist.

Response

Please find attached our response.

Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution.

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.

*West Midlands Police will not tolerate any Racism, or any hate related discrimination or incident, and all officers and staff are encouraged to report any incidents within the workplace. Discrimination relating to disability, faith, race, sexual orientation or transgender issues is extremely rare and all managers, and where necessary our Professional Standards department, take a robust stance, carrying out thorough investigations, offering support and dealing appropriately with anyone found to be acting in such a manner*

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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