Disclosure Details

Racist behaviour - 496/14

Dated: 11 Jul 2014

Date of request:    16/06/14

Date of response:  11/07/14

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 16 June 2014 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

The number of police officers that have been investigated, reprimanded or sacked for racist behaviour  in each of the past 5 calendar years 
The details of the incidents that led to disciplinary action taking place and the outcome of that action. 
 

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Professional Standards Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.

From 01/01/2009 – 16/06/2014 there have been 57 Police Officers investigated due to allegations of racist behaviour which resulted the dismissal of one Officer.
The Officer concerned was alleged to have sent a racially offensive text. An investigation was carried out, the Officer attended a misconduct hearing and was dismissed   

All allegations are thoroughly investigated. It is essential that police officers and staff are impartial in order to retain the trust and confidence of the public. Should any member of staff be found to have made a racist comment or action then disciplinary action will follow.

 

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.

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