October 22nd, 2013 |
“Integrity Group” To Be Set Up For Essex Police
From the BBC website:
A group is to be created to monitor the ethics and integrity of police officers in Essex.
The Ethics and Integrity Committee is being set up by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Nick Alston.
Mr Alston said recent “high profile” cases elsewhere had called police conduct “into question”.
The Essex branch of the Police Federation said it was unaware of the new committee and questioned what it would do that existing systems did not.
The Commissioner himself blogs about it here:
We have all seen the prominent national press coverage of several high profile cases where, rightly or wrongly, police conduct has been called into question and put under the microscope.
I have been Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex for almost a year, and throughout this period have seen examples of outstanding conduct by police officers and staff across the county. But I also recognise that it only takes very few cases where police conduct is poor to seriously damage public confidence in policing. That’s why I place great importance on this matter….