19 May 2021
The Federation is to have a role in the training of new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigators, a move which has been welcomed by Gwent branch chair Steve Thorpe.
It’s hoped the ‘Meet the Fed’ sessions will lead to smoother relations between officers, their Federation reps and IOPC investigators.
This should, in time, help to address concerns the Federation has raised around standards of investigation and the length of time taken to reach a resolution.
Steve said he hopes it will speed up misconduct proceedings and make them fairer for officers under investigation.
He said it was a success for the Federation’s Time Limits campaign, but insisted there was still work to do to meet its target of all IOPC investigations being completed within 12 months.
“This is a positive step forward and a great result for our long-running Time Limits campaign,” he said.
“We hope it will help to build relations between the Federation and the IOPC and make the process fairer for our members under investigation. Anything that can help speed up the process, for everyone involved, and make it fairer is to be welcomed.”
The IOPC recruits will learn about the Police Federation’s conduct and performance liaison officers (CAPLOs) who support members from day one of a complaint and what they will require from them at each stage of an investigation. They will also receive Post-Incident Procedures (PIP) Level 1 and 2 training accredited by the College of Policing.
Phill Matthews, the Federation’s conduct and performance chair, will take part in the sessions.
He said: “This is an important and positive first step towards improving the relationship between IOPC investigators and Fed reps, which should in turn make the disciplinary system fairer for everyone.
“By breaking down barriers, we can open discussions with its investigators on how our reps operate to not just support officers but also assist their investigations from day one. We want to help them make the process as smooth as possible.”
Phill added: “IOPC investigators now having access to PIP training is very welcome news and is something the Federation has been pressing hard for. All detectives are trained to this standard, so it only seems right that IOPC investigators are also trained to this level or higher.
“Ultimately, all we want is fair investigators with the best possible training, gathering the evidence our members need to either clear themselves, or remove the minority of corrupt individuals from the service, in a timely manner.”