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Police: Misconduct

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of procedures in place for the investigation of alleged misconduct by the police; what recent representations she has received on this issue; what response was given; and if she will make a statement. (235519)

In 2004, the then Home Secretary commissioned a review of the current arrangements for dealing with police misconduct. The Review of Police Disciplinary Arrangements was the review conducted by William Taylor CBE QPM into the effectiveness of disciplinary arrangements for police officers. It made a number of recommendations, including that the procedures for dealing with the unsatisfactory performance of police officers should be reviewed. It was published in 2005 and its recommendations were accepted by Ministers. The Police Advisory Board for England and Wales (PABEW) took forward the process for implementing the recommendations. As a result, new Police (Performance) Regulations 2008, Police (Conduct) Regulations 2008 and Police Appeals Tribunals Rules 2008 were approved by both Houses of Parliament and the new procedures will come into force on 1 December 2008.