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15 March, 2024

Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces jointly launch national Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service following successful roll-out at the Met

Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Report Service
Zoë Metcalfe and North Yorkshire Police and have joined all police forces in the UK to launch the Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service, which will be run by the independent charity Crimestoppers. 

The Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service is run by the independent charity Crimestoppers. 

The service was established to give the public an anonymous and confidential route to report concerns about criminal behaviour by individuals in policing. It will bolster the Force’s capability to take action against those who are not fit to serve.

The Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service covers information relating to officers, staff and volunteers who: 

  • Provide information or influence in return for money or favours. 
  • Use their policing position for personal advantage – whether financial or otherwise. 
  • Cross professional boundaries or abuse their position for sexual purposes. 
  • Abuse or control their partner, or those they have a relationship with. 
  • Engage in racist, homophobic, misogynistic or disablist conduct, on or off duty, in person or online. 

Crimestoppers will take reports from the public about individuals employed by North Yorkshire Police, as well as any police force in the UK, regardless of whether the information relates to them whilst they are on or off duty, online or in person. Reports can be submitted online and telephone calls are free.  

When people contact the service, they can choose to remain 100% anonymous, or can opt to leave their details if they are willing for the force investigation team to contact them directly.    

Information received by Crimestoppers will be passed to North Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Department who will assess it. The Force may then pass the information to specialist detectives to begin an investigation, take steps to safeguard someone at risk or in danger, or record the information to inform future investigations. 

The service sits alongside the existing complaints procedure, and has been set up solely to take reports of corruption and or serious abuse committed by serving police officers, staff and volunteers.  

Zoë Metcalfe, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for York and North Yorkshire said:

“In order to tackle corruption and abuse in public life, the public themselves must have absolute confidence that they are able to report anything they encounter to people who will take their concerns seriously.

“I am really pleased to see this service being available here in York and North Yorkshire providing another way for safe, anonymous, and secure reporting to provide the police with the intelligence they need to remove those guilty of corruption from public office.”

North Yorkshire Police’s Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Scott Bisset, said:

We know that the vast majority of our colleagues are professional, committed and passionate about safeguarding communities. 

“That’s why we are united in our shared determination to rid policing of those who fall below the high standards we expect of each other, and that the public rightly expects and deserves.  

“The Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service will help us to operate with the trust and confidence of the public by providing a route to report wrongdoing, independent of policing.

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens, Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said:

“This reporting service will enable us to take action by giving the public a new, anonymous and confidential route to report corruption, criminality, or abusive behaviour within policing.

“We do not underestimate the impact recent events have had on trust and confidence in policing, including the appalling findings of the Angiolini report.

“We have made progress in strengthening procedures around misconduct and vetting, and forces are taking a proactive approach to finding and rooting out wrongdoing. However, we know there is always more to do to ensure that we meet the high standards rightly expected and deserved by the public.

“The vast majority of police officers and staff act professionally and with integrity in the fulfilment of their duties to protect the public. We must take tough action to purge policing of those responsible for wrongdoing, for now and for the future.

“This year, we checked our entire work force for unknown allegations or concerns and will begin long-term screening to ensure that there is no place for corrupt or abusive officers and staff to hide in our forces.”

Donna Jones, Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said:

“We have all been horrified by terrible instances of criminality such as those set out in shocking detail in Lady Elish Angiolini’s recent report, along with other appalling behaviours that have come to light in policing. This service provides an opportunity for the public to report their concerns about individuals, and for policing to root out more of those not fit to serve and who impugn the characters of the overwhelming majority of officers committed to protecting us.

“Police and Crime Commissioners have a legal duty to ensure an effective police service in their police force area; this includes ensuring the highest levels of integrity are maintained. In overseeing complaints procedures Police and Crime Commissioners working with their forces, will provide a voice to those affected by police corruption and abuse and will hold Chief Constables to account for dealing efficiently and effectively with these complaints and resulting investigations, and quickly and decisively in forcing out those who are found to fall below the required standards.”

Mark Hallas, Chief Executive of the independent charity Crimestoppers, said:

“We all share the same aim of wanting to see dangerous and abusive police officers and staff rooted out. The public deserves a safe and transparent policing environment that they can trust.

“Crucially, the launch of this service gives people an option to make that initial report via our independent charity and not directly to the police. Those with serious allegations who have previously stayed silent will have greater confidence to come forward.”

Policing Minister Chris Philp said:

“Public confidence in our police has been severely damaged. There can be no stone left unturned in our efforts to clean up the workforce and culture, and rebuild trust.

“This anonymous helpline will give people the confidence to challenge the behaviour of officers who fall below the high standards the public deserve.

“This is alongside a broad range of continuous action being taken to root out officers unfit to serve and tighten vetting processes to ensure the right people are in policing.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Day, from the Met’s Anti-Corruption and Abuse Command, said:

“We took the exceptional step of opening the first public reporting service of this type 18 months ago with Crimestoppers to bolster our ongoing efforts to root out anyone in the Met abusing their position and power, and convey to the public our determination to use every tool possible to help regain their trust and confidence.

“The hundreds of reports into Crimestoppers show that the service has had a really significant impact, leading to vital intelligence being contributed to dozens of ongoing enquiries here and outside the Met, as well as causing us to launch new investigations.

“Its success has been a very positive step for our communities in London, and we are pleased that all the other forces have decided to adopt it and we will see a national roll out.

“It’s vital that the public know there are clear systems in place where appalling behaviours will be challenged and addressed robustly and that those within policing know they can trust their colleagues.”

The national launch of the Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service follows a successful roll-out at the Metropolitan Police Service in November 2022. The reporting service has since received 1988 calls and 890 online reports, with 867 pieces of intelligence passed onto the force. This resulted in 728 Met-led investigations, and the remaining 139 reports were passed to other forces.