Public lose confidence in police

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset says she's appalled at the damage to people's confidence in Police.

Sue Mounstevens blog entry follows the fallout from the Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' affair

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Calls for change in the 'policing' of the police

The ongoing, 'Plebgate' scandal has, by all accounts, done little to inspire the public's trust in our police force.

First there was the disputed account of what was said by the government chief whip to officers at the gates of Downing Street a year ago.

Then there was yesterday's refusal to apologise by three Police Federation members over their subsequent meeting with him,in defiance of their own Chief Constables.

ITV West Country's Ian Axton has been speaking to Avon & Somerset's Police & Crime Commissioner who wants to change the way complaints about officers are dealt with.

PCC is 'appalled' at damage to confidence in the police

The Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, has described how "appalled" she is at the damage in confidence in the police.

Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens Credit: Rod Minchin/PA Archive

It follows the fallout from the Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' affair and the subsequent furore with the IPCC.

Ms Mountstevens says in a blog that many people have told her they do not trust the police to investigate themselves.

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