Retired police officer awarded more than £200,000 compensation after claiming racial discrimination


A retired police officer who claimed he was “cheated” out of his ambitions due to racial discrimination has been awarded more than £200,000 in compensation.

Sgt Harmit Bahra, 48, claimed he was victimised by bosses at Bedfordshire Police as a result of his ethnicity.

The Indian officer told an employment tribunal he was passed over for promotion during his stint at the force between 2007 and 2010.

Mr Bahra retired from the police service in June and said he was “cheated” out of his ambitions.

And now he has been awarded £209,188 in compensation from the tribunal in London last week.

Speaking after the hearing, he said: “I was discriminated against and victimised, cheated out of promotion, cheated out of my ambition to be the first Indian inspector and superintendent in Bedfordshire policing history.

“They haven’t just ruined the last seven years of my career, they have ruined the last 31 years of my life.”

Chief Constable Colette Paul offered “sincerest apologies” to Mr Bahra and his family for the “difficult and stressful time”.

She said: “The force has learnt a great deal from this historical case.

“We are working hard to ensure that all lessons are being fully captured and considered as part of our continuous improvement work which will include consultation with key partners including the Police Federation and the Black Police Association.”

Ms Paul said the force was taking advice on whether there were any disciplinary matters arising from the case.