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Lincolnshire Police and PCC Marc Jones launch national Police Anti-Corruption and Abuse Reporting Service

  • Last Updated: 03-04-2024 at 11:04

Lincolnshire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones 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 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, a commitment made by Lincolnshire Police and PCC Marc Jones.  

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 Lincolnshire 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 Lincolnshire Police’s Professional Standards Department (PSD), 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 Lincolnshire Police’s 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.  

Deputy Chief Constable Julia Debenham 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.

Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said: "As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire my focus is on ensuring our communities feel and are safe and for that to happen it is critical for the public to have confidence and trust in the police.

“There is no one keener to see inappropriate behaviour by police officers called out than the overwhelming number of officers who work tirelessly to protect and serve our communities themselves. I will always invest to support that aim and to ensure the highest standards are maintained across policing.

“This new dedicated phone line will help do just that by providing a clear route to report officers demonstrating behaviour that does not meet the high standards expected of them. This can only be of value if we can be assured that all subsequent investigations are carried out promptly, impartially and to a high standard which is why I have also recently provided funding to expand the Professional Standards Department. This should assure the public and police officers alike that allegations will be addressed appropriately and fairly, building further the confidence we can have in our hard working local police force.”

You can contact the service by calling 0800 085 0000 or via Crimestoppers' website to provide information you have about a serving police officer, staff member or volunteer in the UK, who:  

  • Provides information or influence in return for money or favours.
  • Uses their policing position for personal advantage - whether financial or otherwise.
  • Crosses professional boundaries for sexual purposes.
  • Abuses or controls their partner, or those they have a relationship with.
  • Engages in racist, homophobic or misogynistic conduct, on or off duty, in person or online.

The service is only for allegations of corruption or serious abuse. 

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