CLEVELAND Police has referred itself to a Government watchdog over its handling of an internal review into racism claims.
The force says it has received complaints into how it carried out an Equality Review in 2011 and 2012.
Cleveland Police’s chief constable Jacqui Cheer has previously denied that the force is institutionally racist, but accepted that they have “some serious issues to address”.
The force launched an Equality review in 2011 following concerns from the Cleveland Black Police Association.
A statement from Cleveland Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland said: “Cleveland Police has received complaints in relation to various aspects of the management of the Equality Review which was carried out by the force in 2011 and 2012, and the subsequent media coverage.
“The force has taken a decision to refer the matters voluntarily to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
“The matters relate to two serving police officers and a member of police staff.
“In addition, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland has received complaints in relation to some of these matters which relate to the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Jacqui Cheer.
“In line with procedure, these complaints have also been voluntarily referred to the IPCC.”