Complaints against police officers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2009
Reference: 
2009/0663
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Your reply to my question 311/2009 states that only about 2% of public complaints against police officers are substantiated. How many of the specific complaints in your answer on the grounds of 1) sexual harassment (Sexual Assault, Oppressive Conduct or Other Sexual Conduct), 2) racial discrimination, 3) sexual discrimination, and 4) corruption were substantiated against MPS police officers in each of the following years: 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/7 and 2007/8? For each case that was substantiated can you tell me what disciplinary action was taken?

Answer

Answer for Complaints against police officers

Answer for Complaints against police officers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The figures provided in response to each question represent each allegation substantiated against an officer. The number of cases recorded is likely to be lower than the number of allegations recorded, as each case generally comprises a number of allegations. The discipline result is shown in brackets.

a. The number of complaints of sexual harassment recorded against MPS police officers (Sexual Assault, Oppressive Conduct or Other Sexual Conduct) that were substantiated?

2003/2004 = 2 (1x words of advice and 1x dismissed) 2004/2005 = 0 2005/2006 = 1 (1x words of advice) 2006/2007 = 0 2007/2008 = 1 (This case has not been concluded)

A number of the complaints under this complaint type will range in gravity and seriousness owing to the way in which the police conduct database is compiled. The statistics provided include all allegations of a sexual nature so some matters included will be at the lower end of the scale such as inappropriate remarks etc. Where 'words of advice' is the disposal, these are examples where after careful consideration it was decided that the breach of the Code of Conduct did not warrant a formal misconduct board. Clearly such a sanction would not be used for grave matters. This applies equally where allegations have been made about the conduct of officers in different complaint types (i.e. racial discrimination. sexual discrimination and corruption).

b. The number of complaints of racial discrimination recorded against MPS police officers that were substantiated?

2003/2004 = 1 (other)* 2004/2005 = 2 (2x words of advice) 2005/2006 = 5 (4x words of advice and 1x required to resign which was varied to a fine upon appeal) 2006/2007 = 0 2007/2008 = 0

* In this case it is unclear from the Met's recording system what disciplinary action was taken against this officer. This is because of the way in which this information has been recorded on the system in this particular case. To address this question would require the file, which cannot be obtained within the timeframe required, to address this question

c. The number of complaints of sexual discrimination recorded against MPS police officers that were substantiated?

2003/2004 = 0 2004/2005 = 0 2005/2006 = 0 2006/2007 = 0 2007/2008 = 1 (written warning)

The figures provided relate to substantiated allegations on the basis of gender as opposed to sexual orientation.

d. The number of complaints of corruption recorded against MPS police officers that were substantiated?

2003/2004 = 2 (1x words of advice and 1x no further action) 2004/2005 = 0 2005/2006 = 2 (1x reprimand and 1x written warning) 2006/2007 = 3 (2x words of advice, 1x reprimand and 1x fine) 2007/2008 = 0

In 2006/2007, whilst 3 allegations were substantiated, disciplinary action was taken against 4 officers.