Senior officer calls for changes in police employment law

The
UK’s most senior police officer has called for the force to be subject to
general employment regulations “within a year”.

John
Stevens, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, urged the Morris Inquiry into
professional standards and employment matters at the police to recommend the
changes, including the scrapping of the current “outdated” disciplinary system.

Some
officers have to wait up to seven years for a decision on their disciplinary
hearing, which is “scandalous”, Stevens said.

“We
are going to have to be brutal about what is needed to bring the service into
the 21st century,” he said.

By Daniel Thomas     

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