South Wales Police are hoping to recruit 3 members of the public “with suitable professional backgrounds and the required credentials” to make sure the force always acts “ethically and honestly”.
The selected individuals would sit on the South Wales Police’s “Independent Ethics Committee” the role of which is to “provide advice, support and assistance concerning ethical challenges arising from operational, administrative or organisational matters” .
Members of the committee need to have “experience of understanding and operating in an ethical occupational environment and have the confidence and ability to rigorously scrutinise and question issues that may arise”.
The latest available figures from South Wales Police reveal that on average – at any given time – 100 cases of police misconduct are under investigation and that in addition about 500 complaints against the police are under simultaneus investigation.
In May 2015 there were 534 complaints against South Wales Police under investigation and there were 100 cases of police misconduct in the process of being probed [i.e. 634 cases in all].
The complaints and misconduct cases are deal with by the South Wales Police Professional Standards Department – the real-life equivalent of AC-12 – although what are described as “lower level cases” or “locally resolvable cases” can be referred back the original division or department involved.
Between 2012 and 2014 cases of alleged misconduct within South Wales Police averaged 115 a year . In the same period complaints against the South Wales Police averaged out at 530 a year. No more recent figures appear to have been published.
South Wales Police has 2,862 “sworn” officers and about 400 “unsworn” PCSOs
Members of the South Wales Police Independent Ethics Committee won’t be expected to investigate cases of police wrong-doing – but will help unravel the knotty philosophical conundrums in which police officers sometimes become involved.
The chair of the committee is Mike McNamee Professor of Applied Ethics, and Director of the Research Institute of Ethics and Law at Swansea University
Vacancy details are on https://eservices.south-wales.police.uk/jobs/Jobs/Vacancy.aspx?j=327 and applications close at noon on May 26th.