Fedster + 1,307 Posted February 15, 2018 Share Posted February 15, 2018 Head of professional standards for NPCC calls for 'revolution' in attitudes. CC Martin Jelley The police misconduct system must become more focused on learning and improvement and less on punishment, the national lead for professional standards says. Regulations are being reformed to help change the misconduct system, but a change in culture is also needed, according to Chief Constable Martin Jelley. In an interview with Police Oracle he revealed that 39 recommendations have been sent to the Home Office from the NPCC in a bid to bring about change, following months of work on the issue. "We need a bit of a revolution. It is a system that does feel as though it is too focused on punishment and the desire at my level and elsewhere is to move it to being about learning and development with a strong performance regime to support it," he said. "The system we’ve got, whilst workable, is not a great system for the public and it's not a great system for our officers and staff. "It must feel very blame focused and because of the processes and procedure we go through often investigations are not concluded for a very long period of time. That's obviously not great if you're a member of the public who made a complaint and it goes on for a long time and its certainly not great if you're an officer under investigation for a very long period of time. "That will impact on your family, your welfare and other things." CC Jelley compared the police complaints process to shopping, giving the example of someone taking back food which is off and asking for a refund. "When you go into the supermarket you're not looking for the person who stacked the shelves to lose their jobs. "While policing is a very different activity, we seem to go at it from a position which is looking for blame, which is looking for punishment when actually, can we learn, sometimes apologise and move on from this very quickly. That's where we want to see a shift in the system going forward." He said work has been under way for some time with the Home Office and Independent Office for Police Conduct, formerly the IPCC, adding "you'd be surprised at the level of consensus" about the need for change. One of the concerns, the Warwickshire chief says, is that too many cases beginning as gross misconduct when they should be performance matters, citing the example of incivility as being one which is commonly miscategorised. He said that while professional standards departments are responsible for this, reforming the regulations they work to will make this a less frequent occurrence. He added that chiefs, the Home Office, IOPC and others "all want system that focuses on the most serious elements of misconduct and takes a more pragmatic and proportionate view". It is expected that the regulations will be changed in the early part of 2019, but CC Jelley says a cultural change is as important as the law View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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