Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner serving Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, commented on the finds of the police misconduct investigation:
“On being made aware of the situation within the Serious Organised Crime Unit at Basingstoke I challenged the Chief Constable to shine light into every dark corner of the organisation to ensure the highest standards are being met. It is important that this complex and thorough investigation has now been concluded and those that have been found to have a case to answer will be required to do so at a formal hearing.
“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. Unacceptable behaviour must of course be challenged, appropriately investigated, and learning must be immediate and across the organisation.
“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 may have forgotten or become separated from their responsibilities.”