Revealed: Met Police systematic dismissal of racial discrimination complaints against their officers
New evidence has revealed that if you have been a victim of racial abuse by a Metropolitan Police officer and reported the incident, the chances are 90 per cent of the time, you will be told there is “no case to answer”.
Nearly one case and two allegations a day, every day, in the 18 month period between January 2015 and September 2016, amounting to 450 cases and 813 allegations of racially discriminatory behaviour made against Met Police officers, led to no formal action and not one single officer was proceeded against.
“Cases” are the incidents that generated the complaints. One incident may contain one or more allegation(s) made by one or more complainant(s) and the alleged conduct is categorised by IPCC Statutory Guidance as “discriminatory behaviour”, subtype “race”.
"The MPS is committed to delivering a professional service of the highest standard to the public and expects its employees to conduct themselves professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times. Any instance where the conduct of our staff brings the MPS into disrepute is treated extremely seriously by the MPS," said Yvette Taylor, Information Manager for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
An overwhelming majority of these allegations, 643 to be precise, were deemed as requiring “no action”, of which 560 were classed as “no case to answer”.
‘No case to answer’ means that the officer considering the case finds there are no grounds for investigating a case.
Only 9 out of the 813 allegations made against metropolitan police officers were looked into, five were deemed a "no case to answer", three were resolved locally and one went into "management action".
A management action is not a formal action. It is an attempt to avoid a formal process becoming necessary by communicating the issue to the officer involved and following with an email to log that the discussion has taken place.
“It is important to note that the number of allegations is an extremely small proportion of the total number of officers in the MPS which is over 31,000. The vast majority of our officers carry out their service to Londoners in the manner the MPS and the public expects," said Mrs Taylor.
When an officer is considered to have failed to perform their duties satisfactorily and a formal action is deemed necessary, they may be subject of an Unsatisfactory Police Performance procedure (UPP).