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Supporting the community: Officer becomes a double winner

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TWICE COMMENDED: Ahmed Farooqi has been recognised for his work around community cohesion in Manchester

TWICE COMMENDED: Ahmed Farooqi has been recognised for his work around community cohesion in Manchester

A Police Community Support Officer from Greater Manchester Police has twice been commended by the Chief Constable in the last two weeks, all because of his work around community cohesion.

Ahmed Farooqi, who works as a PCSO in Didsbury, was first recognised at the Forces internal STARS awards last month, winning the prestigious Karin Mulligan award for Diversity in Action. He then received a Chief’s Commendation at a ceremony a few days later.

45-year-old Ahmed, originally from India, received both awards for his work while assisting St Edmunds Church food bank in Whalley Range, establishing a multi faith council and giving presentations to the senior Indian community about hate crime.

During the Paris attacks of November 2015, Ahmed brought the Multi-Faith council together - which consists of all Imams, Priests and Temple leaders from Hindu and Sikh Communities  -for an event in solidarity.

Mr Farooqi represented the South Manchester Area in the ‘We Stand Together’ campaign, which was run by Greater Manchester police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd and Chief Inspector Umer Khan.

PCSO Farooqi said: “I am proud to serve as a PCSO to a multicultural, diverse community which is made up of both beautiful old Victorian churches to still very active Mosques.

“Receiving the award felt like all the work I did with the community had been recognised - I didn’t feel that I got the award personally, I feel that I am the recipient of the award on behalf of the whole Whalley Range community.”

GMP’s Chief Constable gives out commendations throughout the year, recognising members of the public and officers for an impressive contribution to their community.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, who presented Ahmed with the commendation, said: “Effective policing is only achieved through community cohesion, something that Ahmed works extremely hard to achieve.

“Greater Manchester has wonderfully diverse communities and its people like PCSO Farooqi who show just what can be achieved when we all come together. It’s right that we recognise his work both internally and alongside members of the public – thank you for your service Ahmed.”

“SERIOUS FAILINGS”: Handling of police race discrimination complaints

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An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) review has found significant failings in the way West Yorkshire along with two other large metropolitan police forces handle complaints of discrimination.

The findings embarrassingly show that generally complaints of discrimination made by members of the public, are poorly handled right from the beginning through to the end.

The IPCC examined 202 completed cases to determine how West Yorkshire, West Midlands and Greater Manchester police forces deal with allegations in relation to any kind of discrimination including race, disability and age. Three-quarters were race allegations.

Of 170 complaints from the public alleging discrimination only 94 were investigated and of those no discrimination allegations were upheld – yet overall the three forces uphold between 11 and 13% of complaint allegations from the public.

By contrast, over half of the 32 investigations into discrimination allegations raised by the police themselves were upheld.

The report found that there was insufficient training in diversity, and that this both results in complaints and means that they are not well handled.

Traditionally, complaints are dealt with by local officers, not specialist professional standards departments, and the quality of complaint handling at local level is clearly worse.

IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers

The report accentuates that a significant amount of training and support is needed to provide information, influence training and standards, and monitor outcomes.

IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers said: "Our findings are stark.

"It is vital that police forces deal effectively with allegations of discrimination.

“For particular sections of the community, likely to be more distrustful of the police, or more vulnerable - or both, they are litmus test of confidence in policing as a whole and of the police’s understanding of the communities they serve.

"While we welcome the fact that officers are prepared to report and challenge their colleagues when it comes to discriminatory behaviour, allegations made by members of the public need to be handled equally seriously and dealt with effectively.”

The report makes a series of recommendations for improving the quality of investigations into discrimination allegations, on training for both frontline and complaint-handling police personnel, and on ensuring meaningful contact with complainants.

As well as reviewing case files, the IPCC will use the study to inform a review of its own guidance to all police forces in England and Wales on dealing with allegations of discriminatory behaviour later this year.