Published: 31/05/2012 09:00 - Updated: 30/05/2012 17:22

Police come clean in claims of 'corruption'

THE public has made corruption allegations against more than 60 police officers in the county.

A report produced by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) showed during the last three years that 65 cops in Northamptonshire came under scrutiny.

But in a big boost the IPCC report acknowledges that “corruption is not widespread” across the country.

All 65 cases raised were compiled by the Force which then handed them over to the IPCC with only seven of them deemed serious.

Four were directly dealt with by the IPCC and three were handed back to the police who carried out an internal investigation.

Detective Superintendent Pete Windridge, from the Northamptonshire Police’s Professional Standards Department, said: “Northamptonshire Police takes perceived corruption very seriously.

“The trust and confidence of our communities is paramount and this is a key factor in that objective.

“The vast majority of officers and staff display the highest standards of behaviour and integrity and this is represented by the fact the force had cause to refer only seven matters in three years to the IPCC.

“Of the seven that were referred, the IPCC chose to investigate only four, allowing the force to investigate the other three. Any allegations of corruption are thoroughly assessed, subjection of investigation and referred to the IPCC where necessary. Of the allegations made to the force very few are proven to be true.

“As a force we have a number of policies in place that seek to inform and reiterate the expectations on all officers and staff in respect of corruption and therefore ensure where possible the highest standards of behaviour are upheld.

“This report, whilst acknowledging corruption is not widespread, is a useful reminder to officers and staff of the high expectations the public has of the police service.”

The IPCC Statutory Guidance defines the types of ‘serious corruption’ that require referral, including:

any attempt to pervert the course of justice or other conduct likely to seriously harm the administration of justice, in particular the criminal justice system

payments or other benefits or favours received in connection with the performance of duties amounting to an offence in relation to which a magistrates’ court would be likely to decline jurisdiction

corrupt controller, handler or informer relationships

provision of confidential information in return for payment or other benefits or favours where the conduct goes beyond possible prosecution for an offence.

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