Police: Misconduct

Home Office written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Jack Dromey Jack Dromey Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many allegations of misconduct were made against the Police Service in each of the last five years; and how many police officers have been dismissed for misconduct in that period.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Holding answer received on 29 January 2015

Data on the number of misconduct allegations is not collated centrally by the Home Office. Since December 2013 the College of Policing has been collecting information on officers dismissed from the police. Data for the first year is

currently out for verification by police forces and will be published by the College once verified. The public rightly expects police officers to act with the highest standards of integrity and for those suspected of misconduct to be

subject to formal disciplinary proceedings.

This Government has made the issue of police conduct and professionalism a priority. We have introduced legislation to prevent officers resigning or retiring toescape being held to account for their actions. The Government has also consulted on wide ranging reforms of the policedisciplinary system, following the Chapman Review. These reforms include holding police disciplinary hearings in public with legally-qualified chairs, which the Government intends to introduce in this

Parliament.

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