Police must take race complaints seriously

A Channel 4 Dispatches programme – “Secrets of the Police” – has confirmed the NBPA’s long held concerns that complaints of racism made against the police are not investigated effectively.

Vice President Nick Glynn, who appeared on the programme shown on 16th June 2014 said, “The programme clearly demonstrates that changes must be made to the way in which complaints of racism against the police are investigated.

The statistics revealed by Channel 4 are very worrying as they further undermine confidence in a complaints system that is already viewed with scepticism by many in Black and Minority Ethnic communities.”

Dame Anne Owers, Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission who also appeared in the programme, highlighted the inappropriate use of local resolution for race complaints as one of the issues that needs urgent review.  The programme confirmed concerns identified by the IPCC in a report published recently which identified significant failings in police handling of discrimination complaints in 3 of the UK’s largest forces.

Mr Glynn continued, “Complaints of racism against the police are a serious matter. The public needs to be confident that police forces across the UK will treat race complaints with care, urgency and diligence and that the proper legal tests and standards are applied to them.  Where misconduct is identified the public expects police leaders to take appropriate action as this builds trust and confidence in policing for everyone.”

The programme can be viewed on Channel 4OD and is also available here.