Met told to ‘im­prove’ in HMIC re­port

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

METROPOLI­TAN Po­lice has been rated as ‘ good’ but told it must start treat­ing abuse of author­ity for sex­ual gain as ‘se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion’.

In HMIC’s (Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary) PEEL (po­lice ef­fec­tive­ness, ef­fi­ciency and le­git­i­macy) 2016 re­port, the force was praised for how it is ‘work­ing hard’ to en­sure it ‘treats all the peo­ple it serves, and its work­force, with fair­ness and re­spect’.

The re­port has not iden­ti­fied any ‘causes of concern’ and has not made spe­cific rec­om­men­da­tions.

It adds that the force un­der­stands the ‘im­por­tance’ of treat­ing peo­ple with fair­ness and re­spect, but the re­port de­tails a num­ber of ‘ar­eas for im­prove­ment’.

Un­der ar­eas for im­prove­ment, the re­port says: “The force should im­prove how it clar­i­fies and re­in­forces stan­dards of be­hav­iour to its work­force, par­tic­u­larly with re­gard to the abuse of author­ity for sex­ual gain, which should be recog­nised as a form of se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion.”

The re­port adds: “The force recog­nises the abuse of author­ity for sex­ual gain as se­ri­ous mis­con­duct, as op­posed to se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion, and does not have a counter-cor­rup­tion strate­gic risk as­sess­ment or a con­trol strat­egy.

“Fur­ther, the force does not ac­tively seek in­tel­li­gence on cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice is good in how it treats its work­force with fair­ness and re­spect.

“It uses a range of meth­ods to iden­tify and un­der­stand the ar­eas af­fect­ing work­force per­cep­tions of fair and re­spect­ful treat­ment.”

Com­ment­ing on the re­port, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Matt Gard­ner, direc­torate of pro­fes­sional stan­dards, said: “We ac­cept the find­ings of the HMIC re­port re­gard­ing our an­ti­cor­rup­tion pre­ven­tion work and note that the HMIC has not iden­ti­fied any causes for concern and has there­fore made no spe­cific rec­om­men­da­tions but has, how­ever, in­di­cated some ar­eas for im­prove­ment.

“We ac­knowl­edge that, whilst our anti-cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tions are of a high stan­dard, some­thing the HMIC recog­nised them­selves in last year’s PEEL as­sess­ment, there is al­ways more work that can be done. We are de­vel­op­ing ways to take this for­ward but it is in­deed a chal­lenge within our cur­rent re­source lev­els as these are nec­es­sar­ily pri­ori­tised towards in­ves­ti­ga­tion of cur­rent in­tel­li­gence and al­le­ga­tions.”

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