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ESSEX POLICE COME UNDER FIRE FOR SELECTION PROCEDURE

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Essex Police's selection process for promoting officers was described as 'erratic' by an industrial tribunal, repor...
Essex Police's selection process for promoting officers was described as 'erratic' by an industrial tribunal, reported the East Anglian Daily Times (18 January, p1).

The criticism was made after an officer from Braintree lost a sex discrimination case. Inspector Graham Seal had claimed he had wrongly been passed over for promotion in 1994 in favour of a female officer.

Mr Seal's claim was made after he was selected for a promotion interview and the female officer was not. As part of an informal appeals procedure however, the woman was then selected for interview after meeting Essex's assistant chief constable in private beforehand.

While throwing out claims of sex discrimination, the tribunal said the decision to meet the female officer before formally reversing the decision not to select her was wrong.
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