Britain’s most senior black police officer who was responsible for stamping out racism in the force retires after accusations of bullying and discrimination
- Deputy Chief Constable Tyron Joyce heads the national Police Race Action Plan
- He was accused by a senior female civil servant of bullying, according to reports
Britain’s most senior black police officer, who was in charge of stamping out racism in the ranks across all England and Wales forces, has left his job after facing bullying and discrimination allegations.
Deputy Chief Constable Tyron Joyce, who heads the Police Race Action Plan which aims to tackle discrimination within forces and by officers towards the public, has retired following a complaint.
The allegations came from his second in command, The Telegraph reports, a senior female civil servant who has been named as Liz Unwin, a previous lead of the action programme.
Sources close to Mrs Unwin claimed to the newspaper that she had accused Mr Joyce of professionally undermining her in front of their colleagues, leading to a decline in her mental health.
Mrs Unwin was reportedly of equal rank to Mr Joyce and had decades of experience in police force teams and at the Foreign Office, but left her post in January and lodged a formal complaint.
Deputy Chief Constable Tyron Joyce, who heads the Police Race Action Plan which aims to tackle discrimination within forces and by officers towards the public, has retired following a complaint
Prior to his appointment as the head of the race action plan, Mr Joyce held the position of Assisstant Chief Constable at West Yorkshire Police.
There he ran the National Police Air Service, where in 2019, according to reports, an internal inquiry took place after multiple members of staff raised concerns about discrimination and bullying.
The number of complainants who alleged Mr Joyce bullied them could exceed six, The Telegraph reports.
Allegations were said to include intimidation, making offensive and lewd comments in the workplace as well as allegedly discriminatory comments about a disabled employee.
A senior manager at the air service who complained told reporters that issues around diversity and Mr Joyce’s role made it more ‘complex’ for accusations against him to be adequately dealt with.
‘The organisational and personal fall out was too great’, said David Howell, a senior manager.
The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) confirmed that Mr Joyce was no longer in his role and his social media accounts were updated, describing him as the ‘former’ temporary Dep Chief Constable at the race action plan.
Prior to his appointment as the head of the race action plan, Mr Joyce held the position of Assisstant Chief Constable at West Yorkshire Police (stock photo)
Allegations made by the civil servant who worked with Mr Joyce on the race plan were sent to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog.
While the IOPC said it was unable to comment on IOPC spokesperson said: ‘We received a mandatory conduct referral from West Yorkshire Police in April relating to allegations of bullying and discrimination by a senior officer.
‘After careful consideration of the available information, we determined the matter should be subject to a local investigation.
‘We have also advised the force that any additional conduct matters identified during the investigation should be referred to the IOPC for further consideration.’