INDEPENDENT POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION (IPCC) POWER TO COMPEL OFFICERS TO ATTEND FOR INTERVIEW AS A WITNESS AND THE ISSUE OF SEGREGATION OF POLICE WITNESSES
As you will be aware the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) issued guidance via JBB Circular 7/2013 regarding the new power granted to the IPCC to compel a police officer who is being treated as a witness to attend an interview under The Police (Complaints & Conduct) Regulations 2013 which came into force on 7 March 2013. Since then there have been a number of incidents in which the IPCC has issued press releases suggesting officers who do not agree to be interviewed are obstructing the IPCC investigation and are being non co-operative. In addition it is understood the IPCC is considering pursuing a policy of segregating officers prior to them preparing initial accounts, particularly in ‘Death following Police Contact’ investigations.
Independent Police Commission Report: Federation responseYou can view the full report here
Responding to the news regarding Lord Stevens's Independent Commission into Policing, Steve White, Vice-Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales, says:
“Policing is a vocation. Police officers sign up because they care about safety in their local communities. Whilst recent headlines have had an impact on the reputation of the service the report rightly recognises there is still a strong affection held by the public for the police. It is this relationship which must remain at the heart of any reform programme.
Updates on the following can be found here:
- Maternity Pay
- Adoption Leave
- Parental Leave
- Pay on Promotion
- Travelling time for officers on mutual aid
The 10 Minute Guide to... Police Pensions and Divorce
Due to the higher than average levels of stress associated with their jobs, it is perhaps not surprising that divorce rates where one partner works in the police force are twice the national average. The physical danger and conflict which is inherent in their jobs can have a lasting impact on their relationships, and matters can quickly deteriorate.
If a police officer is going through a divorce or separation, the desire to protect the pension they have worked so hard for understandably features highly on their list of priorities. This is precisely why they should seek the best possible advice from a legal team who take the time to stay on top of the latest new pension regulations and matters such as pay and rent allowance.
Slater & Gordon Lawyers, formerly Russell Jones & Walker, are the ONLY nationwide team of family lawyers with over 15 solid years’ experience of dealing with complex police divorce cases involving pensions.
The team cover matrimonial and family law matters across the whole of England and Wales and not only have great experience with general family law but have specialist expertise in assisting police federation members and police personnel. Each one of the team has undergone an intense training programme ensuring they are fully familiar with every aspect of police culture, pay, pensions and shift patterns essential to ensure the best result for their clients.
We offer free initial advice, fixed fees & discounted rates for all Police Federation members, police personnel and staff. Please visit our website to find details of your family law representative.
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Please note that Russell Jones & Walker Solicitors became Slater & Gordon Lawyers on 11th February 2013, however our commitment to the Police Federation and its members has not changed.
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