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In an effort to improve transparency, Northants Police have told Heart they are to publish details of all internal misconduct hearings carried out by the force.
The initiative follows moves by the College of Policing, the professional body of the police service in England and Wales, to promote integrity in policing.
The figures will be published on the force’s website every three months.
Detective Superintendent Jan Meagher, head of the Professional Standards Department at Northamptonshire Police, said she hoped the move would help build public confidence in the force. Speaking to Heart DS Meagher said: "Northamptonshire Police fully support the College of Policing's Integrity Programme and the ongoing work to promote public confidence in the police service’s ability to robustly deal with misconduct.
In doing so, we will now publish on a quarterly basis anonymised outcomes of misconduct meetings and misconduct hearings, including those cases where officers and staff leave the force prior to the conclusion of an investigation for matters assessed as gross misconduct or who leave the force prior to a hearing where a case to answer has been established.
The benefits of proactive publication of this information include enhanced public transparency of local conduct matters and a reduction in the impact of administration of Freedom of Information Act requests for such data."
The first set of statistics have been published on the force’s website today, with the next set due to be released in April.
They detail all misconduct investigations carried out in relation to both police officers and police staff.
In Northants, there's 1287 officers, 124 PCSO's, 996 other staff and a further 263 Special Constables.
In 2013, the Force dealt with over 200,000 reported incidents and investigated over 41,400 crimes which led to over
During this period the Professional Standards Department formally investigated a total of 81 allegations of Misconduct by 48 Police Officers and 33 members of Police Staff.
21 cases resulted in a finding of no case to answer.
31 cases resulted in a case to answer for which Management Action was the outcome.
8 cases resulted in a case to answer for Misconduct and were referred to a Misconduct Meeting.
21 cases were assessed as amounting to Gross Misconduct.
A Special Constable and 2 of Members of Staff subject of the allegation resigned during the course of the investigation and prior to a formal hearing.