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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

November 2, 2007: Met Officer Resigns After Complaint

A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer has been required to resign and another fined 13 days pay and reprimanded over an incident in which a man was racially abused at a South London police station. An MPS Assistant Commissioner made the decision, following a fresh review of the disciplinary outcome originally decided upon by a misconduct panel on 20 October 2006.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission's challenge by way of judicial review in the Administrative Court was successful. Mr Justice Wyn Williams quashed a previous MPS decision which overturned the findings of the October misconduct panel. The IPCC managed the investigation into the incident, which occurred at Plumstead police station in July 2005, after the complainant was arrested.

Following the investigation, a Metropolitan Police misconduct panel required PC Wayne Bell to resign for three breaches of the Police Code of Conduct. The officer was found to have breached the code on politeness and tolerance for referring to the complainant in a racist way, and bringing the Metropolitan Police into discredit.

A second officer was required to resign for failing to oppose the behaviour and also failing to report it. He was also found to have fallen below the appropriate standard of honesty and integrity in giving a statement which falsely stated that he did not see or hear the offending behaviour.

The two officers requested a review by an Assistant Commissioner. The outcome of the review was a reduction in PC Bell’s penalty to a fine and none of the charges against PC Wakeling were proved. A challenge by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to quash the review was last month upheld by the High Court, giving the officers the option of accepting the finding of the original misconduct panel or applying for a fresh assistant commissioner’s review.

A fresh Assistant Commissioner’s review has now taken place. The findings against PC Bell were upheld and PC Wakeling was reprimanded and fined the maximum of 13 days pay.

IPCC Commissioner Mehmuda Mian Pritchard said:

" We welcome the decision. There is no place for racism in the police service. The Police Service has clearly taken on board the seriousness of the case and imposed an appropriate penalty.”

The 16 Commissioners who run the IPCC guarantee its independence and by law can never have served as police officers. No Commissioner has worked for HM Revenue and Customs. They are supported by more than more than 200 independent IPCC investigators, casework managers and other specialists.

Since April 1 2004 the IPCC has used its powers to begin 171 independent and 533 managed investigations into the most serious complaints against the police. It has set new standards for police forces to improve the way the public's complaints are handled. The Commission also handles appeals by the public about the way their complaint was dealt with by the local force.