Local police force tops corruption allegation table

The area covered by Dyfed-Powys Police

DYFED-POWYS has come top of the table for corruption allegations in a report issued by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The force, which has just over 2,000 officers and staff, had the most allegations per 1,000 personnel in England and Wales. The report lists 146 corruption allegations between 2008 and 2011, which would put the force in the middle of the table – but when compared with the small number of personnel,  the force has a disproportionately high number of complaints. There is a broad correlation between number of personnel in a force and the number of complaints received.

A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said:

“Dyfed-Powys Police notes and welcomes the report’s findings which will inform future practice locally.

The force acts proactively to prevent corruption and where it is alleged investigates such cases thoroughly and professionally.

We are reviewing our policies and procedures in line with national recommendations following various reviews into this subject area.”

Released ahead of the first police commissioner elections, to be held in November this year, the report will doubtless have an impact on the debates on the future of Dyfed-Powys Police come election time.

The report concludes that under current funding arrangements, the IPCC is unable to deal with all cases of corruption, and that most will continue to be dealt with internally by the individual forces concerned. The IPCC will look to take on a greater number of corruption cases but will for the meantime concentrate on the most serious cases and those involving higher ranking officers.