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.
In March 2015 the IPCC began an independent investigation after twice upholding appeals from Mr A concerning the Metropolitan Police’s handling of his complaint. The complaint concerned the actions of two officers who attended his address and a further officer who initially investigated his complaint following a neighbour dispute.
A new Code setting out policing principles and standards of professional behaviour for members of the policing profession raises questions around how incidents of minor misconduct will be dealt with. Its purpose is said to be to bring the policing profession in line with other professions with such a code and to define expectations for members of the profession.