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Federation To Help Train IOPC

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The Police Federation is, for the first time, to have a role in the training of new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigators, which West Yorkshire Police Federation says is “a long time coming”.

It is hoped the ‘Meet the Fed’ sessions will lead to smoother relations between officers, their Federation reps and IOPC investigators.

This should help to address concerns the Federation has raised around standards of investigation and the length of time they take.

PFEW’s Conduct and Performance Chair, Phill Matthews, who will take part in the sessions, said: “This is an important and positive first step towards improving the relationship between IOPC investigators and Fed reps, which should in turn make the disciplinary system fairer for everyone.

“By breaking down barriers, we can open discussions with its investigators on how our reps operate to not just support officers but also assist their investigations from day one. We want to help them make the process as smooth as possible.”

Aaron Horsfall, Conduct and Performance Liaison Officer for West Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “I completely agree that this is a step in the right direction, it’s been a long time coming. My colleagues who have been under investigation by the IOPC (and previously the IPCC) have made their thoughts known, which is that investigators don’t understand the disciplinary system, policing or what pressures officers are under every time they don the uniform.

“Personally, I want to see more. I would also like to see trainee investigators ride along with officers, during all times of the day, so that they can see, feel, hear the split-second decisions that police officers are faced with. Then, and only then, can they appreciate the thin blue line and begin to understand how policing is done.”

The IOPC recruits will learn about the Police Federation’s conduct and performance liaison officers (CAPLOs) who support members from day one of a complaint, and what they will require from them at each stage of an investigation. They will also receive PIP level 1 and 2 training accredited by the College of Policing.

Mr Matthews added: “IOPC investigators now having access to PIP training is very welcome news and is something the Federation has been pressing hard for. All detectives are trained to this standard, so it only seems right that IOPC investigators are also trained to this level or higher.

“Ultimately, all we want is fair investigators with the best possible training, gathering the evidence our members need to either clear themselves, or remove the minority of corrupt individuals from the service, in a timely manner.”

Date posted: July 6, 2021

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