IPCC finds ‘significant failings’ in West Mids Police’s handling of complaints

WM Police HQsource: Birmingham Mail 
published: 5 June 2014

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has found “significant failings” in the way West Midlands Police handles complaints about discrimination. The IPCC examined 202 completed cases to see how West Midlands , Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire dealt with allegations in relation to any kind of discrimination.

The key findings from the three forces found that eight out of ten cases were not properly assessed. Those complaints included race, disability and age, but nearly 80 per cent related to race allegations.

From 170 complaints from the public alleging discrimination, only 94 were investigated and of those no discrimination allegations were upheld. By contrast, over half of the 32 investigations into discrimination allegations raised by the police themselves were upheld.

And overall the three forces uphold between 11 and 13 per cent of complaint allegations from the public.

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