MP welcomes changes in police investigations

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STOPPING officers facing misconduct investigations resigning or retiring will give better confidence in police, an MP has said.

George Hollingbery welcomed the move after 144 officers did so between December 1 in 2013 and August 1 last year.

Now only a chief officer or a police and crime commissioner can allow police under investigation to resign or retire if medically unfit, if they will not face a dismissal hearing or under other exceptional circumstances.

The Meon Valley MP said: ‘People should expect the highest standards from the police and these regulations will help achieve it because it was unacceptable for officers to avoid scrutiny when misconduct was suspected.

‘The overwhelming majority of officers, who are honest and hard-working, have nothing to fear.’