§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will seek to amend the Police Act to provide that where a police officer commits a road or motor offence for which he is found guilty and sentenced by the courts, he is not then additionally sentenced to further punishment by his superior police officers by being demoted or dismissed from his employment unless this is a court recommendation.
§ Mr. Mayhew
No. Under the Police Act 1964 the chief officer of police concerned is responsible for the discipline of his force and may at his discretion bring a disciplinary charge of criminal conduct—that is, having been found guilty by a court of law of a criminal offence. An officer dealt with for an offence against discipline may appeal to the Secretary of State.