Bedfordshire PCC complaint rules changed after Olly Martins’s disclosure

A new rule on how complaints against Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins and his deputy have

A new rule on how complaints against Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins and his deputy have been introduced - Credit: Archant

A new rule has been introduced which will change how complaints against the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) are handled.

The move comes after a meeting of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel complaints sub-committee on Wednesday night.

The Panel, which oversees any complaints on the PCC, discussed arrangements for dealing with issues raised against PCC Olly Martins and his deputy.

From now any complaint against the PCC or his deputy are recorded and the monitoring officer must report these to the committee on a quartlery basis unless the complaint is deemed to be a conduct matter which would be reported immediately.

This comes a week after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) asked the Police and Crime Panel to refer his leak of secret information about the death of Leon Briggs to it.

The IPCC is currently carrying out a criminal investigaiton into Mr Martins on the matter.

The new rule does not apply if a complaint is from a member of the PCC’s own staff, the complaint is more than a year old or if it is made anonymously.

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