Police: Disciplinary Proceedings

Home Office written question – answered at on 19 September 2023.

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Photo of Matt Vickers Matt Vickers Conservative, Stockton South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department is taking steps to strengthen disciplinary procedures in police forces.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

This Government is committed to providing the police with the powers they need to protect the public. On 31 August 2023, this Government announced a raft of changes to strengthen the police disciplinary system, which will see corrupt police officers swiftly identified and robustly dealt with.

That includes handing responsibility for chairing misconduct hearings back to senior police officers, introducing a presumption of dismissal for gross misconduct and clarifying a route to remove officers who are unable to maintain vetting. Details of these changes can be found here:

Government to make it easier to sack rogue police officers - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

The majority of these reforms will require changes to secondary legislation and the Government is committed to delivering these as soon as practicable

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