Protection from Incompetent Management?
The The Police (Conduct) Regulations 2004 are present to try and ensure that Police Officers (All regular and Special Constables) receive the uttermost protection when being accused or having a complaint made against them.
They set out rules that an Officer must be:
1. Informed that he/she is under investigation (Regulation 9).
2. Put under caution when interviewed (Regulation 9).
3. Suspended if the investigation is sensitive enough (Regulation 4).
4. Entitled to bring another Police Officer to any meetings or interviews (Regulation 9).
5. Notified 21 days in advance that a hearing will take place regarding his/her conduct (Regulation 16).
6. Notified that if the allegation is serious enough to warrant dissmisal, the Officer may have legal representation present at all times during the process (Regulation 17).
The list goes on and on, but you don't want to bore readers with the endless amount of regulations that are present to protect the protectors, from other, so called, protectors.
When Police Forces do not adhere to these regulations, miscarriages of justice can occur without swift resolution, illegal acts of discipline can go completely unnoticed and rumours can spiral out of control.
How can a Police Force be seen as loyal and fair to the public, if it cannot follow the correct procedure when disciplining it’s own Officers?
In a world where back stabbing, one up man ship and deceit are seen as the norm, it seems that some parts of the Police Force are no different.