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Police Disciplinary Procedures

Home Department – in the House of Commons on 23rd March 2020.

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Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

What plans she has to review police disciplinary procedures.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The vast majority of police officers fulfil their duties to a very high standard, but where they fall short, it is only right that they are held to account. In February this year, the Government overhauled the police complaints and disciplinary procedures, introducing reforms to make the systems more accountable, proportionate and efficient.

Photo of Chris Matheson Chris Matheson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

I was disappointed to learn that two Metropolitan police officers are facing potential disciplinary action for crashing their car while in hot pursuit of an active terrorist on the rampage. I know that the Minister cannot talk about individual cases, but is he satisfied that all circumstances are taken into account before a police officer faces suspension? If he meets the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police any time soon, will he pass on to her my personal thanks to every single one of the police officers involved in that operation, including those who are facing disciplinary sanction?

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

I am certainly willing to pass on the hon. Gentleman’s good wishes to the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Service, who we are in touch with daily, if not several times a day at the moment. He is right that I cannot talk specifically about that particular case, but he can be confident that in that case, and in all cases, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which will conduct the investigation, is well aware of its duty to take into account all the circumstances.