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Statement by Police & Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger

Outcome of recent Employment Tribunal Proceedings:

 
“Having spent many years fighting discrimination and victimisation, I was deeply concerned at the findings of the tribunal about PC Saddique’s claim.

“The findings were accepted and I issued a full strategic direction, published on my website, which set out how I expected the Force to respond to the issues in this case. 

“That includes changes to the way professional standards work is carried out and investment in a full programme of organisational  learning  – ensuring that in future, appropriate behaviour is embedded in Cleveland Police. That programme, known as Everyone Matters, is underway.

“It is my firm intention to ensure that Cleveland Police is viewed as an employer of choice for all.

“Immediately following the tribunal, I wrote to Pc Saddique, apologising for the way in which he had been treated.  Full welfare support was extended to PC Saddique and also to any officers affected by the issues in this case.

“I had hoped that, with support, PC Saddique would be able to resume his police career and I am sorry that he is not able to do so. I wish him well on his chosen future path.

“Allegations of wrongdoing by police personnel against PC Saddique will be dealt with fairly and in line with proper procedure. A number of matters have been referred to the IPCC who have said that they will investigate them independently.”

Strategic direction - published on 16/12/15

 

Posted on Thursday 3rd November 2016
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