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  • Date:
    31 December 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Kuddus v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Constabulary

    In Kuddus v Chief Constable of Leicestershire Constabulary [2001] UKHL 29, the House of Lords allowed an appeal against a strike out of a claim for exemplary damages for the tort of misfeasance. It held that exemplary damages were not restricted to causes of action for which exemplary damages had been awarded prior to 1964. The House of Lords did not expressly decide whether exemplary damages should be available in discrimination cases.

  • Date:
    15 October 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Judicial review: No bias in decision of respondent Chief Constable to hear disciplinary proceedings against applicant

    In R v The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police; ex parte Bennion, the Court of Appeal holds that the Chief Constable could properly adjudicate in disciplinary proceedings brought against an officer in his force, although he had been cited as respondent in pending tribunal proceedings of sex discrimination and victimisation brought by that officer against another officer.

  • Date:
    1 September 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Relevant circumstances narrowly defined

    In Shamoon v Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (3 May 2001), the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland allows an appeal against a finding that a female chief inspector was discriminated against on grounds of sex when it was decided that she would no longer do performance appraisals after a complaint was made about her.

  • Date:
    1 September 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Topless postcard discriminatory

    In Chief Constable of the Kent Constabulary v Kufeji the EAT has upheld a finding that a postcard sent by a work colleague to a black police officer of Nigerian origin, which depicted a group of bare-breasted black women, amounted to unlawful racial harassment.

  • Date:
    1 September 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Activities done by only one sex are "normal"

    In Ekpe v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis the EAT has overruled an employment tribunal that rejected a claim that a woman was disabled, even though she could not put rollers in her hair and could not always use her right hand to apply make-up, on grounds that neither was a "normal day-to-day activity" because they are activities carried out almost exclusively by women.

  • Date:
    1 June 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    £257,844 net award

    In Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire a Leeds employment tribunal (Chair: D R Sneath) has awarded a woman police constable record compensation of £257,844 for sex discrimination. This included £65,000 for injury to feelings and £9,000 for personal injury.

  • Date:
    1 June 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Postcard of bare-breasted black women

    In Kufeji v Chief Constable of Kent Constabulary a postcard from a work colleague sent to a black police officer of Nigerian origin, which depicted a group of bare-breasted black women, amounted to racial harassment, finds an Ashford employment tribunal (Chair: M Zuke).

  • Date:
    1 June 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Constructive dismissal not covered

    In Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Harley the EAT has ruled that the phrase "by dismissing him" in s.4(2)(d) of the Disability Discrimination Act does not include a constructive dismissal.

  • Date:
    1 March 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    £100,000 for hurt feelings

    Record compensation for injury to feelings of £100,000, together with an additional sum of £25,000 for aggravated damages, has been awarded by a London Central employment tribunal (Chair: J R Hill) to an Asian police officer discriminated against on grounds of race, in Virdi v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.

  • Date:
    1 March 2001
    Type:
    Law reports

    Insurers entitled to reduce benefit to women

    In Scott v MPFS (Insurance Services Ltd) a Central London County Court (Judge Hallgarten QC) has ruled that the underwriters of the Metropolitan Police medical insurance fund did not unlawfully discriminate on grounds of sex by reducing benefits payable to women police officers in respect of permanent total disablement to half of those payable to male police officers.

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Police regulations

See Legislation for the up-to-date version of the police regulations including the:

  • Police Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/527)
  • Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 (2012/2632)
  • Police (Performance) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/2631)