An IPCC review has found significant failings in the way three large metropolitan police forces handle complaints of discrimination. The review examins how West Midlands, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire police forces deal with allegations in relation to any kind of discrimination including race, disability and age. Three-quarters were race allegations, and examined 202 competed cases.
Of 170 complaints from the public alleging discrimination only 94 were investigated and of those no discrimination allegations were upheld – yet overall the three forces uphold between 11 and 13 per cent of complaint allegations from the public. By contrast, over half of the 32 investigations into discrimination allegations raised by the police themselves were upheld.
The report found that there was insufficient training in diversity, and that this both results in complaints and means that they are not well handled.
IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers said: “Our findings are stark – generally complaints of discrimination made by members of the public are poorly handled from beginning to end – in relation to the way the complaint is investigated, the conclusions drawn and, importantly, the contact with the complainant. It is vital that police forces deal effectively with allegations of discrimination. It is clear that much more training and support is needed and we will continue to work with forces and other bodies to provide information, influence training and standards, and monitor outcomes.”
Other findings from the report include: Eight out of 10 cases were not properly assessed, failing to take into account the gravity of the complaint and/or the officer’s previous disciplinary record;
In 42 per cent of cases, local resolution was being inappropriately used in cases that needed to be investigated because if substantiated they might have led to misconduct or criminal proceedings;
Sixty per cent of local resolutions and 44 per cent of investigations did not meet basic standards, and this rose to two-thirds and a half in cases that were handled at local level, rather than by professional standards departments;
In nearly a fifth of cases, complainants were not directly contacted, and around two-thirds of eventual decisions were poorly communicated to complainants;
In a quarter of investigations, findings were not based on evidence and in general the balance of probabilities was not properly applied.
The report makes a series of recommendations for improving the quality of investigations into discrimination allegations, on training for both frontline and complaint-handling police personnel, and on ensuring meaningful contact with complainants.
As well as reviewing case files, the IPCC invited community representatives from the three force areas to take part in focus groups led by IPCC Commissioners. The IPCC commended their important input, and also the three police forces for their cooperation and willingness to learn. The IPCC will use the study to inform a review of its own guidance to all police forces in England and Wales on dealing with allegations of discriminatory behaviour later this year. The study follows its report into the Metropolitan Police Service’s handling of race discrimination complaints published last year, which revealed some significant weaknesses in complaints handling in general.
The police handling of allegations of discrimination report is available, as well as a summary document headlining the report’s findings.
See more at: http://www.ipcc.gov.uk/news/ipcc-review-identifies-significant-failings-…
Issue: Vol.178 No.23
POLICE FORCE Scotland Yard is flogged!
The Government cutting ALL Essential Services which cannot be cut in order to save money.
This is #austerity with catastrophic results on Service in order to privatize via defunding mechanisms to hand ‘failed’ body into Private hands to make it successful again to support the bankrupt neoliberal ideology.
Scotland yard being flogged is an example of what is happening to the Police. The De-Professionalization of the Police Force is just one of many examples of what is happening to the Public Services where Amateurs are taking over the Professionals to save money.
Affected Services an Examples from the CJS
Court Interpretation Services
Expert Witnesses Pay.
Police Stations Duty Solicitor Contracting Arrangements
Swinging cuts to the Official bodies dealing with Eqaulity and Discrimination. The Eqaulity and cuts to body.
It may sound strange but for ordinairy members of the public,Reading,Education, Autodicatism getting at the REAL facts of what is happening not relying on [not always] manufactured Media Narratives
Adult education cut
University Tuition Fees of 9k pa minus Professional Training Costs plus Costs of early days Practice
Benefits the persecution of those on benefits cruel tory policies
Disableism Ageism Marginalisation non representation of
The use of the loathesome term ‘diversity training’.
My personal experience
Being laughed at, people not understanding. Institutionalisation. Ignorance. Being misunderstood.
Being spoken over, across, instead of.
I am aware of significant failings of the Police Force failing in this way does not help for people already under pressure from the persecuting Benefits System.