The fictional anti-corruption AC-12 unit in BBC TV’s “Line of Duty” series. The real-life equivalent in South Wales Police deals with over 100 cases of alleged police misconduct every year

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” .

Armed South Wales police officers on the streets of Penarth. There is always an ethical judgement when deploying armed officers.

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.

Police Community Service Officers at work on Paget Road

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 and applications close at noon on May 26th.

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  1. Chris David says:

    Isn’t this Alun Michael’s and his huge teams job?

  2. Please put my name forward. I’m honest. I’m ethical and a whole lot more having studied psychology – abnormal and emotions and motivations. Plus 35 years in business. I trained the flying squad in the met some time back. Pls pass on

    • PC 007 says:

      That sounds just like what they are looking for – I’ll tip them the wink now.

      Meanwhile I’d suggest a more formal approach as detailed above.

      Mind how you go

    • Jane Foster says:

      Ahahahahahaha! Oh my word, I really needed a laugh today, thanks for cheering me up no end!

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