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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 July, 2003, 05:48 GMT 06:48 UK
Asian officers criticise force
Greater Manchester Police vest
A police force has been criticised for not dealing properly with racism complaints by its own Asian officers.

Greater Manchester Police's Black and Asian Police Association (BAPA) is calling for a change in the force's internal procedures after a number of complaints by its members.

BBC Asian Network reporter Rahila Bano said a number of Asian officers with five years experience or more had told her racism still existed within the force.

She said those who experienced racial harassment and discrimination were reluctant to report it to their managers for fear of recrimination.

Ms Bano also said some officers who had complained claimed they were given "heavy handed" treatment compared to that given to white officers.

Too much time is spent attacking the character of the person who has made a complaint instead of focusing on what the core issues are
Unnamed GMP officer
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has denied the allegations.

Ms Bano said many staff she spoke to felt they were racially discriminated against in terms of career opportunities and promotion.

One officer, who did not want to be identified, told her: "I don't feel I've been treated properly or been given a fair service as I'd call it.

"I certainly feel that I don't like the system.

"Too much time is spent attacking the character of the person who has made a complaint instead of focusing on what the core issues are."

'Not transparent'

Greater Manchester Police refused to reveal how many race complaints had been made by officers, saying the data protection laws prevented it from doing so.

But BAPA has said the figures would be irrelevant because it now advises members with complaints to complain through its organisation, rather than use the force's main grievance procedures.

Mohammed Yusuf, BAPA co-ordinator, said the force needed to be more open in the way it dealt with racism complaints.

He said: "I think, quite often, it can be all very secretive, everything is done very, very quietly.

"Sometimes there is no evidence, but we still have to feel that everything possible is done.

'Honesty and integrity'

"I think that sometimes the grievance procedure maybe let down in that not everything is transparent."

GMP denied that its discipline and complaints procedures were racist.

A force statement added: "Our investigations are conducted with honesty of purpose, with integrity and without discrimination on the grounds of race, gender or sexuality.

"As a force, we are committed to treating all members of staff fairly and with respect and will not tolerate racism or discrimination of any kind."

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