In a recent report investigating how discrimination based complaints against the police force are handled, the Independent Police Complaints Commission described West Yorkshire Police as “failing at every level” of the complaints procedure.
Arwa Almari, the coordinator of the Racial Justice Network said “The network is pleased that this review has been undertaken, and we hope that it will lead to a transformation in how complaints are handled in the future.”
“We believe that the report findings which state that only 94 out of 170 discrimination based complaints were investigated and that none have been upheld further emphasise the urgency at which the police need to overhaul the way in which they treat the Black and Minority Ethnic members of the public.”
“The network is willing to assist the police in delivering on some of the key recommendations made in the IPCC report; especially in offering the necessary training to police staff and in providing a diverse panel who can assist in adjudicating on how discrimination based complaints should proceed, as opposed to the police internally deciding on this – which has been described as bad practice.”
Members of the Racial Justice Network have made the following audio commentaries on the findings of the report. These may be used by the media but with accreditation to the individuals, their organisations and to the Racial Justice Network.
These interviews have already featured on Bradford Community Broadcasting radio station.
Claire Graham from Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange:
Claude Hendrickson, coordinator of Race Card project based at the Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust:
Tafazal Mohammed, coordinator of Building Bridges based at the Hamara centre:
The full report, as well as a summary, can be found here.