How racist is the Metropolitan Police Service?
Over 8,200 racism allegations have been made against 8,000 officers since 2000, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from LondonlovesBusiness.com has revealed.
The year 2008 saw the maximum number of racism allegations made Met police officers when over 702 allegations were registered against 655 officers.
The year 2009 saw the highest number of officers (684) embroiled in racism rows (full figures attached).
Last year, 493 allegations were made against 463 officers. In 2015 so far, 62 allegations have been made against 62 officers.
What is an officer allegation?
The term of ‘officer allegation’ refers to number of separate allegations recorded against police officers.
For example, a member of the public is stopped by two police officers and is searched. The member of the public is unhappy and complains alleging that they were stopped unfairly by the officers owing to their ethnicity and that both officers were rude.
This is one case (i.e. one incident), two allegations (i.e. one allegation of race discrimination and one allegation of incivility) and four officer allegations (i.e. two allegations per officer).
The table below highlights public complaint race discrimination allegations recorded against MPS police officers from 01 January 2000 to 31 March 2015
|Year||Number of cases||Number of officers involved||Number of officer allegations|
While the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) did not reveal the type of complaints made, they did break down the action taken against each officer allegation per calendar year.
Out of the 8,273 allegations, 1,468 have been resolved at a local level such a police station or a basic command unit.
Since 2000, there have been over 1,544 instances where officer allegations have been dropped on the grounds of “dispensation” i.e instances where a force or police authority considers that no action should be taken about a complaint. Over 872 allegations have been dropped in the past 15 years.
Since 2000, only 26 allegations have been “substantiated” which “refers to instances where, following investigation, the investigating officer determines that, based upon the available evidence, there is a case to answer in relation to an allegation made concerning an officer’s conduct”. Comparatively, over 2,205 allegations have been unsubstantiated.
What action has been taken against Met Police officers?
In the last 15 years, only four Met Police officers have been either retired or resigned as a result of racism allegations.
There have been 14 cases where police officers have been given advice about their conduct and three cases where the officers were given a written warning.
What the Metropolitan Police Service has to say:
A spokesperson said: “Securing and maintaining the trust of the community is integral to the principle of policing by consent and to continue to do so, the MPS recognises that its staff must act with professionalism and integrity whether on or off-duty.
“The MPS treats each occasion when an allegation is made about the conduct of its staff extremely seriously and will fully investigate each incident to determine whether the conduct of that member of staff has breached the standards of professional behaviour. Where the conduct of staff is proven to have fallen below the standards of behaviour expected, the MPS will take robust action to ensure that its staff are appropriately disciplined and that lessons are learnt from each case.
“The Commissioner has stated publicly that there is no place for racism and prejudice within the MPS. All MPS staff are expected to treat members of the public fairly and have a duty to challenge or report any behaviour by colleagues which falls below the high standards demanded by the MPS and the general public. Any instance where the conduct of our staff is allege
d to have fallen below the standards of behaviour expected is treated extremely seriously by the MPS.”