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Complaints Against Police (Investigations)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd December 1971.

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Photo of Mr John Fraser Mr John Fraser , Lambeth Norwood 12:00 am, 2nd December 1971

Will the Home Secretary look again at the question of the independent investigation? If the element of independence is to be with the Director of Public Prosecutions, it may be wholly unfair to a police officer who has already run the gamut of an investigation and then has to be further investigated by the Director; so in some circumstances it is unfair to a police officer.

At the same time, is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is a crisis of confidence in the police, particularly among members of the coloured community, and that this will never be assuaged unless there is an element of independent investigation at the beginning? If that element is built in, it will make for better confidence on the part of both the police and the general public, because co-operation with and confidence in the police by the whole community, including the coloured community, is essential for the maintenance of law and order.