Race Claims Against the Police

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-06-11
Session date: 
June 11, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2058
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to Question 2014/1020:

"Further to your answer to Question  2014/0280 and to Question 532/2013 on race claims against the police, "how many i) of the 34 internal cases and ii) how many of 33 cases brought by members of the public referred to in the answer resulted in disciplinary action; iii) of those that resulted in disciplinary action, how many led to the dismissal of the officer or staff member concerned in each of the two types of case; and iv) how many out of court settlements contained "no publicity" clauses in each of the two types of case?" Your written response being "Please refer to the letter sent to you on 22 January 2014". The text of the letter being "Dear Andrew Thank you for your letter dated November 28th 2013 with regard to the settling of complaints of racism made by the public against police officers and members of staff. I cannot comment on individual cases but can assure you that all cases of racism are investigated and disciplinary action taken where appropriate. MOPAC/MPS do regularly defend cases to trial, however as your letter acknowledges there are occasions where the cost of defending a claim would be disproportionate to the cost of offering an out of court settlement and in these circumstances we do look to settle out of court. However I can assure you this is to minimise the impact on the public purse. The MPS have confirmed that no non-disclosure agreements have been signed with regard the settlement of complaints of racism made by the public. Yours sincerely Stephen Greenhalgh Deputy Mayor for Policing And Crime" As this letter does not provide any statistical information whatsoever, will you now finally state  how many  i) of the 34 internal cases  and ii) how many of 33 cases brought by members of the public referred to in your  previous answer on this subject  resulted in disciplinary action; iii) of those that resulted in  disciplinary action, how many led to the dismissal  of the officer or staff member concerned in each of the two types of case? or bearing in mind your answer to Question 2014/0278 "Further to your answer to Question 532 / 2013 on race claims against the police, on what date did MOPAC receive my original question in February 2013; on what date did they pass the request for the information requested to the Metropolitan Police; and on what date did the Met give MOPAC the data provided  in  the response?" Your written response being "The question was received by MOPAC on 12 February 2013 and the data was requested from the MPS on the same day. An initial response from the MPS was received on 20 February 2013. There was then an ongoing dialogue between MOPAC and the MPS in order to ensure a full and comprehensive response was provided. A final response was submitted by MOPAC on 9 October 2013. MOPAC has new procedures and new arrangements with colleagues which are designed to ensure that a delay of this kind should not occur in future." Will I have to wait nearly another year to get closer to the bottom of the story?"

Your response being:

"The MPS is currently in the process of collating the information and expect to be in a position to confirm whether disciplinary action was brought against MPS officers or staff involved in these particular cases by mid-April 2014."

April 2014 has now come and gone, but this information has not been provided. When will it be provided, why is it taking so long, and is this a cover up operation by the police?

Answer

Answer for Race Claims Against the Police

Answer for Race Claims Against the Police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Please refer to the letter sent to you on 9 June 2014 with the information requested.  As the letter confirms, three of these particular cases were investigated under disciplinary procedures.  Two of these cases were found to have insufficient evidence to prove the allegation and a disciplinary sanction was imposed in one case.

Amidst these disappointing figures, it is important to recognise that the MPS is taking a firmer disciplinary response to unacceptable behaviour and misconduct is now resulting in more officers being dismissed.