Today the Commissioner has commented on the reports of alleged misconduct of a number of police officers and staff.
“Our Constabulary is here to protect our communities. Policing is given powers to enable that, but with these powers comes a responsibility for the organisation and every individual within it to hold themselves to the highest standards of probity and ethical behaviours. Any occasion of lapses in this should and will be rightly challenged by me, as your Police and Crime Commissioner, to those in leadership of the Constabulary.
“In June last year, I challenged the Chief Constable to shine light into every dark corner of the organisation to ensure the highest standards are being met. And, should leadership be failing or behaviours not be fit for today’s operational environment, then learning and encouragement to change must be immediate. If any unacceptable behaviour is identified then this must of course be immediately subject to appropriate investigation.
“I continue to be briefed regularly on the progress of any live investigation, and it would be inappropriate for me to comment on these in public. But I reassure our communities that I see every week examples of the highest standards being delivered by our police, police staff, Special Constables and volunteers. However, this will never be a reason to accept anything less from the minority who have forgotten or become separated from their responsibilities.”