Police to face sack if guilty of domestic violence

Police
officers found guilty of domestic violence will face the sack under tough
proposed regulations.

The
plans are being considered by all 43 forces across England and Wales as police
aim to prove that they are taking domestic violence seriously.

Police
officers will be encouraged to report colleagues they suspect of domestic
violence and if an officer is convicted, the guidelines say that the officer
should be sacked.

Recent
TUC research of the wider workforce shows that almost half of the 400 staff
questioned had experienced violence in the home, with 40 per cent taking time
off to recover.

The
survey found that 46 per cent of victims said domestic violence affected their
performance at work, with lack of confidence, nervousness, crying and lack of
sleep just some of the factors.

By Michael Millar

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