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PCA REACTION TO HOME AFFAIRS SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT

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The independent Police Complaints Authority welcomes the recommendations made by the home affairs committee in its ...
The independent Police Complaints Authority welcomes the recommendations made by the home affairs committee in its report `Police Disciplinary and Complaints Procedures.' PCA chairman Peter Moorhouse said:

'Many of the changes which the committee believes should be made are ones that the authority has long advocated.

'If implemented, they should improve confidence in the police complaints system and so strengthen public trust in the police service itself.

'The committee's proposals to allow the authority to record complaints and to commission independent investigators; the change to the civil standard of proof in police discipline cases; the suggestions for cutting down delays; and the emphasis on greater openness will all be of great benefit to our work.

'The committee has made a number of recommendations about the way in which the authority operates. Where these do not require legislation we intend to implement them at once. In particular we will seek to use more investigating officers from outside police forces and include more-detailed information about our performance in the annual report.

'We also welcome the committee's recommendation that the authority 'should make robust use of its existing and its proposed new powers,' said Mr Moorhouse.

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House of Commons, Home Affairs Committee First Report, 'Police Disciplinary and Complaints Procedures' volume 1, The Stationery Office. Further details: Richard M Offer/Dan Ford 0171-273 6483

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