Women police bring equality cases

A SENIOR Scotland Yard officer charged with improving the image of the force is under investigation for a breach of the discipline code, following an allegation of sexual harassment by a woman colleague.

As a consequence of the allegation, Detective Superintendent Bill Grahamslaw, who works for the Plus Programme, is also named in one of three industrial tribunal cases which are being brought by female officers who claim they suffered sexual discrimination. A number of other senior officers are also named.

The allegation against Det Supt Grahamslaw relates to incidents - said not to be of a physical nature - which are claimed to have occurred during his period as head of the youth and community section for the Hackney area of east London, based at Stoke Newington police station.

Scotland Yard confirmed yesterday that an investigation into the allegations was being carried out. Such inquiries would automatically follow allegations of this type.

The matter is likely to further damage the image of the force at a time when it is desperately striving to reform.

The three actions, which are all being contested, raise questions about the commitment of both junior and senior officers to improve attitudes and the effectiveness of internal grievance procedures.

The discipline investigation follows a complaint lodged on behalf of the officer, Constable Julia Parish, by her MP.

PC Parish, now stationed in a different part of east London, declined to comment.

At the time PC Parish, 31, who joined the force in 1983, was working in plain clothes for the local child protection unit.

PC Parish has lodged a separate sexual discrimination action, claiming that she received an adverse annual appraisal report, that her senior officers failed to respond adequately to her complaint about Mr Grahamslaw and that another senior officer suggested she should resign. A preliminary hearing is due to take place next week.

A second discrimination case involves Constable Sarah Locker, 31, an officer for 12 years who also worked in east London. PC Locker, who has a Turkish background, claims both sexual and race discrimination, saying she was repeatedly passed over for promotion to CID while 'less experienced' white male colleagues were given postings.

She claims that when she became pregnant senior officers implied that her condition would be a bar to promotion, and that when she returned to work afterwards she would have to resume uniform work from plain clothes duties.

A full hearing in the case is scheduled for next year. At a hearing this week, the Metropolitan Police is appealing against an order by the tribunal granting disclosure of documents to PC Locker's lawyers. The case is being funded by the Equal Opportunities Commission.

Constable Tracey Scanlon, who is based at Wimbledon, south- west London, is also bringing a similar action claiming she was passed over for promotion.

Other actions are said to be either being contemplated or have been lodged by women officers who claim that the reality of life in some parts of the force does not match the image-making.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksNow available in paperback
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Savvy Media Ltd: Media Sales executive - Crawley

£25k + commission + benefits: Savvy Media Ltd: Find a job you love and never h...

Austen Lloyd: Corporate Solicitor NQ+ Oxford

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: CORPORATE - Corporate Solicitor NQ+ An excelle...

Reach Volunteering: Financial Trustee and Company Secretary

Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: A trustee (company d...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Project Manager

£45000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Day In a Page

In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible