A system to better record police use of force is necessary to identify concerns and restore public confidence, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has warned. In a report released today (March 8), the IPCC revealed people today believe officers use force far more readily than they did ten years ago.
The Police (Conduct) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 imported a provision into the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 that prevented officers from retiring or resigning whilst under investigation. Yet recent events in Sussex Police display how it is still possible for an officer to avoid dismissal and tender their resignation despite being under investigation.
According to Ministry of Justice guidelines, cautions are intended to deliver swift and effective justice, reducing the burden on the police and courts, while delivering a suitable deterrent effect. However a review of the system was recently announced after concerns were expressed that too many cautions were being issued to repeat offenders accused of serious offences.