The government said it would impose automatic dismissals on police officers found guilty of serious misconduct in England and Wales.
The change follows high-profile cases of officers committing rape and murder. The Association of Police Federations, which represents rank and file officers, called these amendments “a return to kangaroo courts.”
According to data from the Home Office on officer misconduct, 12 out of 267 police officers who were found guilty of gross negligence did not receive a disciplinary sanction in the year ending March 2022.
By the time they could be formally sanctioned, 136 of the 267 officers had resigned or retired.