COMPLAINTS AND MISCONDUCT
If you have been informed that you are subject of a Public Complaint or a Conduct Investigation, then the most important thing to do is DO NOT PANIC and seek advice and support as soon as possible.
We would advise that you consider whether to wait on providing any comment in relation to an allegation until after receiving initial advice. If you made a comment, statement or any other response then please keep a copy.
If you are a subscribing member of the Police Federation of England and Wales [PFEW] then you qualify to be supported by a trained Federation Representative.
If you are notified during usual office hours, then please telephone the main Federation Office at Exeter on (01392) 354770.
At all other times please email the office clearly setting out a request for support and please attach a copy of any Notice or Papers that have been served upon you. Internally please send this email to the Police Federation hatpeg or externally email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Federation Representative will then be allocated your case and will contact you. We endeavour to ensure this initial contact is undertaken within 4 working days of receipt of any email.
If the matter is outside of office hours and is such that it cannot wait and immediate assistance is required, then please call the above number and follow the recorded directions to be put in touch with an ‘On Call’ Representative.
In qualifying circumstances PFEW may also provide funding to afford you Legal Advice and/or Representation, however matters that occurred either off duty &/or are not otherwise concerned with your actions or role as a police officer may not qualify for legal funding. Your Federation Representative will advise on this provision. In such circumstances if you are also a member of the Group Insurance Scheme, then there is legal assistance cover provided as part of the package of insurance benefits, which is likely to cover for matters that fall outside of PFEW funding rules.
For further information on the services of a “Police Friend” and the right to legal representation, contact your Federation Office on (01392) 354770 or speak to one of your local Workplace Federation Representatives.
Click here for the summarised outline of the Misconduct Processes and defined by the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 and the accompanying Home Office Guidance.