Derbyshire police’s racism record revealed

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Dozens of the county’s police have been the subject of investigations following allegations of racism, figures reveal.

In the last ten years, nearly 50 serving officers from Derbyshire Constabulary have found themselves at the centre of complaints of racism – but only one resulted in dismissal.

Of the 48 allegations uncovered by the Derbyshire Times in a Freedom of Information Act request, all but four were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

The figures, dating from 2004, are for alleged offences including racially abusing a member of the public, using racist language and persecuting the complainant due to their race.

In 2009, one officer was convicted for using racist language and given a conditional discharge by the courts. He received a final written warning from Derbyshire Constabulary. In two other cases, officers received final written warnings. All other charged were resolved locally, according to the results.

Deputy Chief Constable Alan Goodwin said: “Derbyshire Constabulary takes any allegation of racist behaviour by a member of our organisation very seriously and I can assure the public that every such allegation is thoroughly investigated by our Professional Standards Department and appropriate action taken in those few cases where the allegation is upheld.

“We are committed to delivering a high quality policing service to the public of Derbyshire and fully understand the adverse impact on public confidence that may arise from allegations of unfair or discriminatory behaviour by our officers and staff. For that reason, I would always encourage people to let us know if they feel unhappy with the service they have received.”