Barry Coppinger, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, has today outlined strategic direction for the development of professional standards within Cleveland Police, following the recent Employment Tribunal findings that found a Police Constable had endured discrimination and victimisation.
Mr Coppinger said: “I am very concerned at the findings of the recent Employment Tribunal and I support the decision of the Chief Constable not to appeal against the Tribunal’s judgement.
“I have spent my life combating discrimination so I am deeply troubled by the behaviour that the tribunal process has revealed.
“I have written to PC Saddique to apologise for what has happened and to outline my determination, alongside that of the Chief Constable, to make sure that Cleveland Police is an employer of choice for all.
“Whilst no organisation can prevent an individual from making a conscious decision to behave in a certain manner, it can send out clear messages and create an environment where such behaviour is unacceptable.
"We can also continually ensure we have effective training and safeguards in place to flag up such behaviour immediately and address it robustly.”
The strategic direction for the force, laid out by Mr Coppinger includes:
- The force and the PCC apologising to PC Saddique and working with him tosupport his return to duty.
- Establishing a new approach to the way complaints and professional standards are handled by the organisation, including
- Expanding the role of the PCC’s office in police complaints handling;
- Working with the Chief Constable to review and develop the Professional Standards Department ensuring we have the best model possible.
- Shaping an innovative programme of development across the whole organisation which enables staff to be confident in challenging inappropriate behaviours, strengthens and improves the working environment and establishes genuine recognition of the value of diversity.
- Supporting the decision of the Chief Constable not appeal the findings of the tribunal.
- Appropriate decisions being reached about whether there are police conduct matters to be addressed arising from the judgement and, if so, dealing with such matters with in line with proper procedure and as quickly as possible.
Mr Coppinger added: “the measures outlined today are just the start. My intention is for Cleveland Police to be seen as a national lead in terms of professional standards and the way in which we handle complaints from the public.
“Cleveland Police should be an employer of choice for all serving and aspiring officers, staff and volunteers - achieving the highest standards of community and industrial relations.”
Commissioner's Strategic Direction Arising from Saddique v the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Newcastle Employment Tribunal (Decision Ref 100)
Posted on Wednesday 16th December 2015