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Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 2000 (R014593)

Thank you for your request dated 21 October 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

“A)     Your measures to ensure the police oblige by the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act 2000. This includes your measures to ensure people with different ethnic backgrounds, such as black or Arab, refugee, asylum seekers and gay people, are treated fairly and not subject to inhuman treatment or punishment or degrading treatment by the police.

B)      Your measures to ensure the police are not enforcing the law selectively on people at their discretion. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.

C)      Your measures to respond to a member of the public’s enquiry on time to tackle a criminal investigation against the police.

D)      Your measures to ensure police officers have knowledge of criminal law.

E)      Your measure to ensure no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

F)      How many complaints have been raised by the public regarding the above and how they were handled?”

I also refer to our telephone conversation of 8 November, where we discussed the above request and I advised that we were unable to provide the information as COPFS do not oversee the day to day actions of the Police.  Following our discussion, you requested that you be provided with information on how many on Police Officers have been reported to COPFS for offences under the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 2000 in the financial year 2015/16 and what the outcome of any such cases was.

COPFS records indicate that no Police Officers have been reported for offences under either the Equality Act 2010 or the Human Rights Act 1998.  (It is noted that although the Human Rights Act came into force in 2000, it was passed in 1998).