'Cut pensions' of corrupt Pcs

A group of influential MPs has called for police officers guilty of serious misconduct to have their pensions docked. The Home Affairs Select Committee recommended the measure as a way of tackling rare cases of "corruption and incompetence".

Police Federation attacks MPs' 'knee jerk reaction'

The Police Federation of England and Wales, which represents tens of thousands of officers, has said that the recommendations from the Home Affairs Select Committee could lead to greater confusion:

We remain to be convinced that creating a new code of ethics would be any more effective than that which already exists and one that we believe already demands the highest standards of each and every police officer.

Further, there will be considerable cost in creating yet another discipline body within the College of Policing, along with forces themselves, the IPCC and the HMIC.

Financial concerns aside, this is also likely to lead to overlaps, gaps and confusion over decision making in relation to discipline matters.

Integrity in policing is paramount, but knee jerk reaction to historic cases and those involving an extremely small minority of the 134,000 officers who police this country with absolute commitment should not dictate future policy making.

– spokeswoman, Police Federation of England and Wales

Home Office 'taking steps to tackle police misconduct'

We have already announced a package of integrity measures to tackle misconduct and promote transparency and a more open culture in the police.

Under these measures, the College of Policing will publish a new code of ethics and create a single set of professional standards.

This, alongside police and crime commissioners holding forces to account, will ensure the public can have full faith in the police and strengthen the link between officers and the people they serve.

– Home Office spokeswoman

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Police who resign to avoid disciplinary action targeted

The Home Affairs Select Committee has recommended measures to target police officers who resign in order to avoid disciplinary proceedings.

This includes a "scale of fines which should be docked from officers' pensions in cases of the most grave misconduct".

Former West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison
Former West Yorkshire chief constable Sir Norman Bettison Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

The group of MPs heard of numerous cases where police officers retire to avoid disciplinary proceedings, with no further repercussions.

Among them was Sir Norman Bettison, former chief constable of West Yorkshire, who stepped down while facing a disciplinary investigation for gross misconduct charges relating to Hillsborough.

Minority of police guilty of 'corruption and incompetence'

Keith Vaz, the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has said that some police are able to "get away with corruption and incompetence" because of "broken systems of accountability". He said:

Broken systems of accountability and a patchwork of police standards and training, have allowed a minority of officers to get away with corruption and incompetence which is blighting an otherwise excellent service with dedicated officers.

The days of Dixon of Dock Green are over. The new landscape of policing requires a new type of police officer ready to meet the new challenges.

Honesty, integrity and transparency are essential components of the policing DNA.

– keith vaz, chair, home affairs select comittee

MPs: Police should have pensions docked for offences

Police officers should have their pensions docked as punishment for the most serious cases of misconduct in a bid to improve ethics within the service, a group of influential MPs has said.

The committee is calling for a new code of ethics for police officers
The committee is calling for a new code of ethics for police officers Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

In a report on policing standards, the Home Affairs Select Committee has recommended that a scale of fines should be established to tackle corruption among officers.

The Committee has also called for a new code of ethics to be established and for all new officers to obtain a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.

The report comes shortly after fresh allegations were made against the Metropolitan Police that undercover officers spied on members of murdered Stephen Lawrence's family.