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Police 'retreating from beat'

Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Stevens has warned that police officers are "beating a retreat from the beat". He was writing a day before his Independent Police Commission publishes 37 recommendations on the future of policing.

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Police 'could be struck off professional register'

Police officers could face being struck off a professional register if they are guilty of misconduct, under proposals designed to restore faith in the service.

Lord Stevens' report into the future of policing, published today, recommends a new status of chartered police officer, in addition to the office of constable.

Lord Stevens has warned that police officers are "beating a retreat from the beat" Credit: PA Wire

The reform would bring the police into line with other professions such as nursing, with officers registered with the College of Policing which could strike them off for failing to meet professional standards.

The College of Policing would also decide misconduct hearings in public, unlike the current, opaque, disciplinary process.

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