Initiative for public to report police corruption or abuse

March 18, 2024 - 471 views

North Wales Police is backing the Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service, that has been launched by the independent charity Crimestoppers. 

The service provides an anonymous and confidential route to report concerns, online or via a dedicated phone line, about serving officers, staff and volunteers who are suspected of being corrupt or committing serious abuse.

The reporting service sits alongside existing complaints procedures at North Wales Police for the public and police employees to report and will only deal with corruption and serious abuse.

The Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service covers information relating to officers, staff and volunteers who: 

Provide information or influence in return for money or favours

Use their policing position for personal advantage - whether financial or otherwise.

Cross professional boundaries or abuse their position for sexual purposes.

Abuse or control their partner, or those they have a relationship with.

Engage in racist, homophobic, misogynistic or disablist conduct, on or off duty, in person or online.

Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman KPM said: "The vast majority of officers, staff and volunteers act professionally and with integrity in the fulfilment of their duties to protect the public. We must take tough action to purge policing of those responsible for wrongdoing, for now and for the future.

“We do not underestimate the impact recent events have had on trust and confidence in policing, including the appalling findings of the Baroness Casey and Lady Angiolini reports.

“As the All-Wales Police Lead for Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) which also includes domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV), and as the lead for British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) I have zero tolerance towards perpetrators of such offences.

"I have been clear that for those who do not share our values and high standards there is no place for them in our organisation. Those individuals in the minority not only undermine the fantastic work that goes on every single day but they also erode the confidence placed in us by our communities.

"The Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service is another tool in our armoury that will help us to rid those individuals from our midst and enable us to operate with the trust and confidence of the public."

To make a report, contact the service by calling 0800 085 0000 or via the Crimestoppers website The Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org)

The public can still report crime via the usual methods including 101 and the Noth Wales Police website, as well as anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.