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Sheku Bayoh inquiry: Retired inspector acquired one two-day course on variety



A retired police officer has instructed the inquiry into the dying of Sheku Bayoh that he acquired a single course in variety consciousness throughout his profession.

Chatting with the inquiry on Wednesday, retired inspector Stephen Kay stated he attended the two-day course in 2001.

The inquiry, happening at Capital Home in Edinburgh, is investigating the circumstances which led to the dying of Mr Bayoh in police custody in Kirkcaldy on Might 3 2015.

Mr Bayoh’s household consider his race performed a task in the best way police approached Mr Bayoh on the day of his dying.

On Wednesday, questions centred round Police Scotland’s response to the incident and the function performed by senior officers who weren’t on the scene.

Mr Kay was a police incident officer and a brief inspector on the time of the occasions main as much as Mr Bayoh’s dying.

He was accountable for operating the each day enterprise for the Fife division and graded incidents primarily based on their severity, guaranteeing there was sufficient sources throughout the world.

The inquiry was proven Mr Kay’s coaching file from the time he began with the police in 1996 till he retired earlier this 12 months.

Senior counsel to the inquiry, Angela Grahame KC, requested Mr Kay what different coaching he had acquired aside from the two-day course in 2001.

“None that I can recall that will lengthen to a two-day course,” Mr Kay replied.

“Do you bear in mind this course?” Ms Grahame requested.

“I knew I’d had variety coaching, however I didn’t realise it was 22 years in the past,” Mr Kay stated.

He was then requested if he had undertaken any additional variety coaching.

“I’ve touched on it in different private soccer teaching badges, I’ve touched on variety and psychological well being,” Mr Kay responded.

Ms Grahame requested Mr Kay about his expertise in coping with individuals of various ethnicities all through his profession.

“I used to be a custody sergeant and can be reserving in plenty of totally different nationalities and a complete host of individuals,” he instructed her.

Mr Kay stated he was “culturally conscious” of various nationalities and beliefs however he couldn’t again up any coaching he might need acquired across the points and stated he might have learn it in an e mail.

The inquiry then heard from retired police constable Scott Masterson earlier than adjourning.

It can proceed earlier than Lord Bracadale in Edinburgh on Thursday.

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