Police Authorities - governance and disciplinary
As public bodies regulating police forces, Police Authorities
are subject to intense scrutiny. The media and general public take
great interest in the behaviour and accountability of both police
officers and those who monitor them. Their role investigating
allegations of misconduct or complaints against senior police
officers frequently raise extremely high profile issues.
Alongside this public scrutiny, Police Authorities are
constantly presented with complex legal and governance issues and
this is where we can help.
You need legal advisers who understand the distinctive and
multifaceted role of Police Authorities. This includes having to
work within a tripartite governance structure whilst dealing with
the issues arising from local government status.
Our experienced regulatory team has worked with Police
Authorities for many years, and is familiar with the context within
which you operate - a number of our team have been on
long-term secondment at a Police Authority which gives them an
enhanced appreciation of the work and role of a Police Authority.
As specialist public and regulatory lawyers our team has an
in-depth understanding of the statutory powers and obligations
placed on Police Authorities.
Our team combines excellence in public law, professional conduct
and discipline with a down-to-earth and friendly nature, working
closely with Police Authorities to provide practical solutions.
We can provide assistance on interpreting an Authority’s
statutory duties in relation to oversight of their police force. In
particular we have significant experience of providing Police
Authorities and their Executive team with specialist advice on
complaints, conduct and discipline matters, pension forfeiture,
employment law and
equality and diversity and human rights. We also assist on Freedom
of Information Act issues.
We advise and train Police Authorities on Code of Conduct
procedures, dip sampling and the investigation of complaints or
allegations of misconduct against both police officers and
We provide training to police authority staff and members which
can be devised with exact needs in mind, on topics including legal
processes, decision making, questioning techniques, information
law, and equality and diversity issues.
As regulatory lawyers we also advise on Police Appeal Tribunals
and the work of sub-committees with responsibility for considering
complaints and misconduct allegations.