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Police wll no longer avoid disciplinary action by resigning or retiring

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Theresa May will reportedly take a break from trying to get unfettered access to your inbox and browsing history to correct some major deficiencies in the police disciplinary process.

PoliceProfessional.com are reporting that the disciplinary measures will be extended to apply to officers who have resigned or retired:

The police disciplinary system is to be extended to officers who have resigned or retired and new powers will be given to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and police and crime commissioners (PCCs) under radical reforms announced by the Home Secretary.

The IPCC will take over the decision-making in investigations carried out by forces’ professional standards departments under the changes being introduced to the Police and Crime Bill.

Oversight of local complaints will transfer to PCCs who will also take on responsibilities previously held by chief constables for appeals.

In many cases on this site, where police officers have been found to have contributed to miscarriages of justice through either wilful action or negligence, the option to leave the force completely or transfer to another force has meant they were unable to be disciplined or even investigated for their actions. Hopefully this latest move from the Home Office will look to close some of these loopholes.

Read the full story: http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=25383

 

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