Published On: Sat, Jun 7th, 2014 on 9:30 am

Police need to ‘overhaul’ way in which they treat minorities, says Racial Justice Network

Police UK

The West Yorkshire Racial Justice Network has commended the Independent Police and Complaints Commission (IPCC) for its review into police handling of discrimination complaints.

The report analysed the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire forces and noted that the complaints, mostly of racial discrimination, were “poorly handled”.

Locally, the IPCC described West Yorkshire Police as “failing at every level” of the complaints procedure.

In response, West Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable Dee Collins said that the force was “very disappointed” with the suggestion that they were “failing at every stage”.

But she added: “We recognise there are some improvements to be made and we are well advanced with that work, significant changes having taken place since the time this data was collected.”

The West Yorkshire Racial Justice Network hopes the report will pave the way for radical improvements in how complaints are handled in the future.

Arwa Almari, coordinator at the Racial Justice Network, said: “The network is pleased that this review has been undertaken, and we hope that it will lead to a transformation in how complaints are handled in the future.

“We believe that the report findings which state that only 94 out of 170 discrimination based complaints were investigated and that none have been upheld further emphasise the urgency at which the police need to overhaul the way in which they treat the Black and Minority Ethnic members of the public.”

The report blamed many of the complaints on a lack of up-to-date training in diversity issues.

Ms Almari added: “The network is willing to assist the police in delivering on some of the key recommendations made in the IPCC report.

“Especially in offering the necessary training to police staff and in providing a diverse panel who can assist in adjudicating on how discrimination based complaints should proceed, as opposed to the police internally deciding on this, which has been described as bad practice.”

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