PFEW response to the IPPC request for consultation on draft guidance which seeks to prevent police conferring after deaths or serious injury

06 March 2014

Steve Evans, national lead on professional standards for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said:

“We are not aware of any evidence based or compelling reason to change the existing practice, agreed by the IPCC themselves, which is aimed at capturing the best evidence and detail possible in extremely stressful, fast moving and life-threatening situations.

“Conferring should not be confused with the more sinister connotation of colluding and it must be recognised that when officers confer post incident they not only have to record that conferring has taken place, who they have conferred with and on what areas of the statement they have conferred on. This is to ensure the process remains transparent and auditable. No conferring takes place around the decisions made at the time of an incident.

“The Police Federation of England and Wales will be participating in the consultation process to ensure the voice of 124,000 police officers is represented but we vehemently disagree with the position taken by the IPCC over the need to remove this valued and well recognised practice.”

ENDS

 

Note to editors 

• The current post incident procedures (PIP) are lawful and the processes have been signed up to by all relevant parties; ACPO, the Home Office and importantly the IPCC who were part of the development and formulation on these. PIP is a recognised practice in the ACPO manual and is used nationwide by all forces in England and Wales.