The Home Secretary has today laid the second part of the Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) report on corruption in the police service before Parliament.
The report was requested by the Home Secretary in July 2011 amid concerns about the relationship between the police and media. It concludes that, while police corruption is not endemic, ‘it is corrosive of the public trust that is at the heart of policing.’
A number of serious cases which have been investigated under the direction and control of the IPCC, such as perverting the course of justice, abuse of authority, misuse of systems, unauthorised disclosure and theft/fraud are illustrated in the report.
IPCC Chair, Dame Anne Owers, said:
"There are strong links between public trust and perceptions of police corruption. A serious focus on tackling police corruption is important, not just because it unearths unethical police behaviour, but because of the role it plays in wider public trust, views of police legitimacy and, on a practical level, cooperation and compliance with the police.
"This report illustrates the kind of behaviour that undermines public confidence in the police such as abuse of authority, perverting the course of justice and accepting generous hospitality. The IPCC has identified where change is needed and we have set out some clear recommendations.”
IPCC recommendations to improve public confidence include:
The report also highlights that:
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