Maintaining high professional standards
High professional standards are crucial to ensuring that the best possible service is delivered by Essex Police, that victims are supported and our county is kept as safe as possible. It is part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s role to ensure that Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh operates the Essex Police disciplinary process fairly, consistently and ultimately with the interests of the people of Essex, whom officers serve every day, at its heart.
The PCC Professional Standards Department Quarterly Report published on August 1, 2014, provides updates on disciplinary matters from April to June 2014. We will continue to publish these reports as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s commitment to openness and transparency.
It is important to note that, including police officers, PCSOs, police staff and Special Constables, almost 6,000 people work for Essex Police. There are hundreds of thousands of interactions between the public and the force, often in difficult circumstances, every year, and the vast majority of these are conducted with the highest professional standards.
Police officers and staff regularly exercise discretion as they try to resolve complex and challenging situations and keep the people of Essex safe. The Police and Crime Commissioner expects the Chief Constable to support his officers where they act in accordance with their training, with integrity, and with compassion.
Where misconduct or errors of judgement occur, there should be a fair but rigorous disciplinary process.
Lindsay Whitehouse, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
The PSD Quarterly Reports from October to December 2013, and January to March 2014, and April to June 2014 can be seen here.