Evidence of racism within Cleveland Police

Evidence of racism in Cleveland Polcie Photo: ITV

An internal investigation into Cleveland Police force has shown evidence of institutional racism. Acting Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer commissioned the inquiry after taking over at the force last year.

The findings relate to the application of internal policies and procedures. It comes days after Cleveland Police were forced to pay former traffic officer Sultan Alam £800,000 in damages after he was wrongfully jailed over a malicious prosecution brought by colleagues in 1996. He also alleges racial abuse within the force.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman pointed out that the force has no inquiries ongoing with the Professional Standards Department involving racism.

Cleveland Police is committed to ensuring equality and human rights within the work place: it values diversity and works towards elimination of discrimination and exclusionary behaviour

– Acting Chief Constable, Jacqui Cheer

Sultan Alam, a former Cleveland Police employee, gives his reaction to the news.