Cops facing misconduct can now resign or retire but can face misconduct hearing

Police Officers facing misconduct proceedings will under new rules be allowed to resign or retire the only catch is they could be brought back to face misconduct hearings.

The new policing and crime bill will ensure police chiefs can hold officers to account without them avoiding misconduct hearings.

Last year officers were banned from resigning or retiring if they faced misconduct therefore closing a loophole in the system that allowed officers to walk without being held to account.

Now the new rules will allow officers to walk but then be called to account if required. The Policing and Crime Bill will now allow all serious allegations to be correctly investigated.

The Policing and crime bill also forces reforms to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.