Complaints, conduct matters and DSI matters: procedure

Part of Policing and Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 22nd March 2016.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 4:45 pm, 22nd March 2016

First, for the avoidance of doubt, we are absolutely not seeking a blanket exemption. Where police officers are guilty of misconduct and deserve disciplinary action, that action should be taken. We are focused on having a culture that is not a blame culture, but one of continuous improvement that improves how the police operate. The Minister gave a tantalising hint that regulations will be introduced in due course. If they are combined with the work being done by the College of Policing, I hope that we can move towards something that is more akin to what has been successful elsewhere and that commands the confidence of the police service. We will discuss it in more detail shortly, but that is the final point I want to make: the public want to have confidence in the complaints and disciplinary arrangements, but so, too, does the police service.