Police watchdog given new powers by Theresa May to root out corruption

A national 'blacklist' of officers struck off will be set up by the newly formed College of Policing

The work of the police watchdog is to expand dramatically in an effort to root out corruption within forces, the Home Secretary Theresa May announced today.

Her move follows a series of high-profile scandals, including the cover-up of the police role in the Hillsborough tragedy and claims that detectives shielded the young men who killed the black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

The move comes on the day officers from Operation Elveden, the Scotland Yard investigation into corrupt payments to public officials, made their 60th arrest.

Under Mrs May’s plans, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will get the power to probe all serious complaints of corruption levelled at officers.

Police chiefs will also be forced to disclose their salary packages and all officers must reveal if they have second jobs, the Home Secretary told the Commons.

A national register of officers struck off for misconduct will also be set up by the newly formed College of Policing, while officers will no longer be able to avoid disciplinary action by resigning or retiring.

Police officers will also have to disclose contacts with journalists in line with Lord Justice Leveson's recommendations.

Mrs May said it was unacceptable the IPCC was only able to investigate 130 of the 2,100 “serious and sensitive” cases that were referred to it last year. The rest were returned to police standards units in individual forces.

She said: “Over the same period nearly one-third of all internally investigated complaints against the police were found to have been mishandled at appeal.”

Mrs May said: “This country has the finest police officers in the world and the vast majority conduct themselves with the highest standards of integrity. But it is vital to ensure public confidence is not damaged when individual cases of corruption happen.”

The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, said the integrity reforms were welcome but "they don't go far enough".

She said: “Our duty in this house is to make sure police officers get the support they need, and have a proper framework of accountability to keep standards high. What she has announced today is welcome and responds to many of the concerns we have raised.

“But I urge her to look at them again because I remain concerned that they don't go far enough and they will not deliver what the police and the public need.”

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Arts and Entertainment
From Mean Girls to Mamet: Lindsay Lohan
theatre
Sport
Nathaniel Clyne (No 2) drives home his side's second goal past Arsenal’s David Ospina at the Emirates
footballArsenal 1 Southampton 2: Arsène Wenger pays the price for picking reserve side in Capital One Cup
News
Mike Tyson has led an appalling and sad life, but are we not a country that gives second chances?
peopleFormer boxer 'watched over' crash victim until ambulance arrived
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
tv
News
i100
Travel
travelGallery And yes, it is indoors
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
booksJudith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed'
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
News
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Account Executive/Sales Consultant – Permanent – Hertfordshire - £16-£20k

£16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...

KS2 PPA Teacher needed (Mat Cover)- Worthing!

£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...

IT Systems Manager

£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...

IT Application Support Engineer - Immediate Start

£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...

Day In a Page

Syria air strikes: ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings

Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

BBC Television Centre

A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains

My George!

Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains
10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world