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West Mercia Police: Seven race-offence officers disciplined

Seven West Mercia Police officers have been disciplined for race-related incidents, including harassment, in the past seven years, the BBC has learned.

The force website shows that from April 2004 - November 2011, six constables and a sergeant were disciplined for racially related complaints.

One officer left the force and the rest were given a formal warning or advice.

A spokesperson for the force said the figures represented a "very small minority" of the workforce.

In addition, 22 allegations were referred to the police watchdog but they were found to be unsubstantiated.

West Mercia Police was awarded a silver certificate in January in recognition of its commitment to being a racially inclusive police force.

A force spokesperson said: "We expect our officers and staff to treat all members of the public with respect and dignity, as well as equality and fairness.

"These discipline figures represent a very small minority of the workforce. You will note that of the complaints which went to the IPCC, none of them were substantiated."

The figures were released on the Freedom of Information (FOI) section of the force's website.

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