Police watchdog admits that investigations must ‘speed up’


IOPC website

source: BBC News
published: 21 December 2018

The police watchdog has admitted its investigations take too long – with officers facing misconduct probes suspended on full pay for years. Data shows almost half of the UK’s suspended officers have been off-duty for at least a year.

One, who has retrained as a priest, told the BBC he has spent five years being paid “unnecessarily” for a job he does not want to do. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it must do better.

From the 31 forces that provided information to the BBC through a Freedom of Information request, 71 of the 153 officers (46%) who were fully suspended from duty in October 2018 had been suspended since at least November 2017.

“We recognise we need to do better with the timeliness of our investigations and a number of changes are already under way to speed up our processes,” an IOPC spokesman said.

“We are now completing nearly half of our investigations within six months and nearly 80% within a year.”

The IOPC admitted there were some “long-running cases” it was “determined to conclude”

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