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Our response to independent review into Bijan Ebrahimi case

Added on 18 December 2017 at 11:33

We recognise and fully accept the findings of the Safer Bristol Partnership report into the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi.

We’d like to reiterate our sincere apologies to Mr Ebrahimi’s family who’ve shown great courage throughout. We failed him when he needed us the most and for that we’re extremely sorry.

In July, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) issued a very comprehensive and thorough report into Mr Ebrahimi’s murder putting our actions and response under the microscope.

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Following the IPCC’s report, we outlined how we’d looked at the case from every dimension to understand what happened, what we failed to do and what we should have done differently.

We didn’t wait for any of these reports to be published to introduce substantial and wide-reaching changes to the way we operate. All the issues and consequential recommendations in the Safer Bristol report were identified and addressed at that early stage. We continue to do everything in our power to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.

We know that understanding vulnerability, spotting it early and working closely with our partners to protect and safeguard victims is of paramount importance and our new ways of working, introduced after Mr Ebrahimi’s murder, fully embrace this approach.

We are working with the PCC, Sue Mountstevens, on her plans for an Enquiry Day in the spring, with Bristol City Council and SARI. Her aim is to ensure that all partners are working together to support people who are vulnerable. 

The public rightly expects us to adhere to the principles of fairness, equality and diversity, both within our organisation and in every aspect of our work, and we’d like to reassure our communities that this will always be a fundamental priority for us.

We issued a statement in July following the issuing of the IPCC report into Mr Ebrahimi's murder which can be found here