Kent Police twice rejected a job application from Shujaat Husain, of south London.
An industrial tribunal found he had suffered racial discrimination and ordered Kent Police to pay damages.
The tribunal heard the actions of Kent Police resulted in Mr Husain, from Upper Norwood, being arrested and detained when he applied for a job with Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
The tribunal accepted the force compiled a report on Mr Husain and circulated it to other forces, warning of a “potentially fraudulent application”.
The report was based on differences in the two applications.
The tribunal heard the father-of-two, who arrived in the UK in 1999, was previously a high-ranking police officer in Pakistan, tri-lingual, and had been accepted for a PhD which he turned down due to financial constraints.
Source: BBC News