Police: Wales

Home Office written question – answered on 12th June 2015.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints have been made against each of the police forces in Wales in each of the last five years; and how many officers have been (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for misconduct in each force.

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

Figure 1 shows the number of complaints cases recorded in each of the Welsh police forces for the latest 5-year period currently available. Data on the number of officers suspended in each force is not collected centrally.

Figure 2 shows College of Policing data on the number of officers leaving the police due to misconduct by rank from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014. The statistics relate to all 43 forces in England and Wales as well as the British Transport Police and Ministry of Defence Police. The Home Office does not have a break-down of this data by individual police force.

Out of the 444 cases, a total of 405 (91%) came from internal complaints and investiga-tions, while 39 (9%) came from complaints by members of the public.

The Home Office will publish details of misconduct outcomes, with an individual force break-down, from 2016 as part of a new annual data return. These statistics relate to a period before the Home Office introduced legislation in January to stop officers resigning or retiring in cases that could lead to dismissal. Where an allegation is received from 12 January 2015 officers will only be able to retire or resign with the consent of the chief officer in exceptional circumstances. The Police and Criminal Justice Bill will be introduced in this Parliament so that investigations and misconduct hearings can be concluded against officers even after they have resigned or retired. Any officer that would have been dismissed will be struck-off from involvement in any future policing activity.

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