Police: Employment and Discipline - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:37 pm on 9th January 2023.

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Photo of Lord Browne of Ladyton Lord Browne of Ladyton Labour 2:37 pm, 9th January 2023

My Lords, the Met’s own figures show that the number of officers suspended from duties on full pay has risen by almost 600% over the last three years. This excludes a growing number of others subject to management or restricted duties owing to concerns about their performance or conduct. This is not a statistical quirk but a consequence of systemic issues with the disciplinary procedures. This needs to be addressed urgently, because it affects forces across the country and compromises the safety of the people whom these police officers serve. We do not have time to wait for a review; it needs to be dealt with now.