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Police Officers' Families (Crime Investigations)

Home Department written question – answered on 16th March 2005.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines are given to police authorities on conducting investigations into crimes when a member of a police officer's family is being questioned concerning the incident.

Photo of Hazel Blears Hazel Blears Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Security and Community Safety), Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

There are no specific guidelines given to police authorities regarding investigations into crimes involving members of a police officer's family. Police authorities are responsible for ensuring an effective and efficient police service in the UK and any investigation into a criminal offence would be dealt with by the force in question as an operational matter. Each police force is required to act within statute and any deviation from this could result in disciplinary proceedings. If however the member of the police officer's family, who is being questioned, is an officer themselves then there are internal police regulations which would be followed.

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