Black and Minority Ethnic Officer – Police Sergeant Simon Jenkinson from West Yorkshire Police killed himself on Thursday 29th July, 2010 following an investigation by the Professional Standards Department.

Simon was only 31 years old and had a full life ahead of him. He was tipped to be one of the youngest inspectors in the country.

NPR (National Police Racism) has concerns that his death could have been prevented. There were many warning signs expressed on numerous occasions by way of reports and complaints from staff associations and other officers regarding disproportionate investigations by West Yorkshire Police Professional Standards Department against its BME Officers but West Yorkshire Police failed to take any action.

NPR asks whether Simon’s death could have been avoided? Does West Yorkshire Police have blood on their hands?

Simon was one of the highest earning sergeants last year believed to be around £60,000 doubling his annual salary. Why did this not trigger any alarm bells?

It is understood that Simon attempted to harm himself in police custody – so why was he not assigned a welfare officer. Could WYP have done more to save him?

Why was he arrested? Many officers are interviewed and charged without the need to arrest the officer?

Why is IPCC not investigating his death and the many concerns which were highlighted regarding West Yorkshire Police before his death? NPR will seek a Judicial Review against the decision of the IPCC not to investigate.

A young BME officer has died in tragic circumstances by hanging himself. How can West Yorkshire Police say there is nothing suspicious without conducting a post mortem first?

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