Complaints Against the Police Sub Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 21 November 2012
Time:
2:30pm
Place:
Police HQ, Cornwall Mount, Dumfries

Attendance Details

Members:
Ian Blake (Chairman)-Abbey
Marion McCutcheon-Stranraer and North Rhins
Craig Peacock-Annandale East and Eskdale
John Syme-Mid and Upper Nithsdale
Officials:
Kate Thomson - T/Deputy Chief Constable
Judex Paul - Comments and Complaints manager
Louise Allan - Complaints and Professional Standards Unit
David Loy - Head of Complaints and Professional Standards Unit
Carol Henshall - Committee Clerk
Apologies:
Yen Hongmei Jin - Lochar
Item Number Item/Description
PUBLIC
1 SEDERUNT AND APOLOGIES

4 Members present, 1 apology

2 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

NONE declared

3 DELEGATIONS TO COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE SUB COMMITTEE - REPORT BY DIRECTOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE SERVICE

Decision

 

NOTED

3.1     the remit of the Complaints against the Police Sub Committee as being “ to scrutinise the way in which the Police Force handles complaints”;

 

3.2     that the rigours of trust and confidentiality in this Committee and the consequent governance arrangements were such that no substitutions were allowed as all Members required training to a high standard on complaint procedures and processes, fair hearing rules and on dip sampling protocols;

 

3.3     that, as this training had not been provided, no dip sampling of files could take place at this meeting; and

 

3.4     that arrangements were in hand to provide the required training before the next meeting of this Sub Committee
 

4 POLICE APPEALS TRIBUNALS (SCOTLAND) RULES 1996 - REDACTED COPY OF A DECISION REACHED BY A POLICE APPEALS TRIBUNAL IN RESPECT OF APPEAL DATED 21 MARCH 2012 - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO THE POLICE AUTHORITY

Decision

 

NOTED the overview provided by the Acting Depute Chief Constable on the decision of the Police Appeals Tribunal of 21 March 2012 and on the processes and procedures in place to address misconduct issues in Force and the best practice in place for Investigating Officers, the Chair of a Misconduct Hearings and the respective roles of the Chief Constable and Depute Chief Constable

5 POLICE APPEALS TRIBUNALS (SCOTLAND) RULES 1996 - REDACTED COPY OF A DECISION REACHED BY A POLICE APPEALS TRIBUNAL IN RESPECT OF APPEAL DATED 23 APRIL 2012 - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO THE POLICE AUTHORITY

Decision

 

NOTED the overview provided by the Acting Depute Chief Constable on the the decision of the Police Appeals Tribunal of 23 April 2012 and on the principles of a fair hearing.

6 POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSIONER - SECTION 35(1) OF THE POLICE PUBLIC ORDER AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2006 - COMPLAINT REFERENCE PCCS/00439/11 - DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO THE POLICE AUTHORITY

Decision

 

6.1     RECEIVED the Police Complaints Commissioner’s report, ref PCCS/00439/11/PF; and

 

6.2     AGREED having considered and scrutinised the conclusions of the Police Complaints Commissioner’s report, ref PCCS/00439/11/PF and in particular recognising that the Commissioner had found that all five identified complaints had been dealt with in a reasonable manner and not made any recommendations to commend the work done to assure best practice and learning from an earlier complaint in the arrangements for managing custodies.
 

7 POLICE COMPLAINTS COMMISSIONER - SECTION 35(1) OF THE POLICE PUBLIC ORDER AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2006 - COMPLAINT REFERENCE PCCS/00005/12/PF - DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY - REPORT BY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND CLERK TO THE POLICE AUTHORITY

Decision

 

7.1     RECEIVED the Police Complaint Commissioner’s report, PCCS/00005/12/PF;

 

AGREED
 

7.2     having considered and scrutinised the conclusions of the Police Complaints Commissioner’s report, ref PCCS/00185/10/PF and having received an update from the Acting Depute Chief Constable on the actions taken on the single recommendation and learning point made by the Commissioner that these were appropriate and proportionate; and

 

7.3     to receive a report at the next meeting on the Commissioner’s response to the actions taken.
 

8 ANY OTHER BUSINESS DEEMED URGENT BY THE CHAIRMAN DUE TO THE NEED FOR A DECISION

NOTED that there was no business deemed urgent by the Chairman due to the need for a decision.

9 LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973 - CONSIDER ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION TO EXCLUDE THE PUBLIC FROM THE MEETING IN TERMS OF SECTION 50(4) AND PARAGRAPH 1 AND 14 OF PART 1 OF SCHEDULE 7A OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1973

Decision

 

AGREED to adopt a resolution to exclude the public from the meeting in terms of Section 50 (4) of and paragraph 1 and 14 of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

10 MONITORING REPORT ON COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE POLICE - INFORMATION FROM DEPUTY CHIEF CONSTABLE

Decision

 

AGREED having scrutinised the statistical and complaint summary data and the current position with respect to complaints against the police as presented in the tabled papers by the Acting Deputy Chief Constable that there were no issues or trends identified that required further review, clarification or report.