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Allegations of Racism by Police Officers Since 2014

Date of request: February 14, 2019
Posted in: Policing Professional Standards
Reference: 238/19

Request

  1. The number of racism allegations made against officers in your force from January 1, 2014 to February 14, 2019. Can I get these figures broken down per month per calendar year.
  2. How many of the complaints were lodged by colleagues and how many by members of the public?
  3. How many of those officers were investigated for racist behaviour? And what are the ranks of each officer?
  4. What was the outcome of the investigations – were any sacked for misconduct, or formally disciplined? How many of the allegations were unfounded?

Response

1. A total of 161 allegations of racism were made against officers. Please note that that the below figures relate to the number of allegations. One allegation can be made against more than one officer. For example, a single allegation may be made against two officers.

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
January 3 0 1 4 1 4
February 2 2 2 3 3 0
March 3 1 0 0 2
April 4 8 5 6 0
May 0 3 3 1 4
June 4 1 4 2 4
July 2 0 9 0 6
August 1 3 3 1 1
September 2 3 4 2 2
October 3 3 3 2 3
November 3 3 3 4 2 N/A
December 1 6 2 0 4 N/A
Total 28 33 39 25 32 4

2. The above figures relate to complaints lodged by members of the public only. In accordance with IOPC statutory guidance, employees are not able to make complaints against the police (against employees of the same constabulary they work in).

3. The allegations above relate to 219 officers. All were investigated. Please see a breakdown of their ranks in the table below.

Rank 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
SUPT 1
INSP 1 2 2 1
SGT 5 4 5 2
DC 2 4 3 1
PC 37 33 41 23 37 6
UNKNOWN 1 3 4 1

4. Please see the outcomes recorded in the table below. The number will total more than the number of allegations and the number of officers. An officer can receive different outcomes for different allegations.

Outcome 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Not Upheld 40 65 56 15 18
Disapplication 3 1 4 7 6
Discontinued 1 0 3 2
Local Resolution 4 2 6 16 11
Management Action 2 1 0 0
Withdrawn 0 7 0 2
Live 0 0 0 0 11 6

Local resolution does not indicate that the complaint was either upheld or that it was unfounded. The process seeks to understand the complainant’s perspective and find a resolution. Local resolution can be used only in cases where the nature of the complaint is not sufficient to warrant misconduct proceedings.

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