Inspectors have called on North Wales Police to improve on how it deals with investigating corruption and mental health problems within the force.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said it only had ”limited capacity” to seek out misconduct and corruption among its own ranks. The report also called on the force to do more to recognise ill-health and stress at work.
But the region’s police and crime commissioner hit out at the findings as inaccurate. Arfon Jones said the force was ”having to make a significant amount of investment of both time and resources just to respond to the inspection regime.”
The HMIC commended North Wales Police for its zero-tolerance approach to sexually-motivated misconduct and treating the public it serves with fairness and respect. But the report called on the force to review its anti-corruption unit, create a new strategy to identify risks to its integrity and improve workforce access to health services, as well as improving how it manages the performance of its staff.
Mr Jones, who took over as PCC in May, told BBC Wales: ”I don’t believe the ‘requires improvement’ judgement reflects the tremendous work carried out across north Wales on a daily basis to keep our communities safe.”
Across England and Wales, the HMIC said that in two years, more than 300 officers had been accused of using their roles for sexual gain, now considered the most serious form of corruption.
Among the other Welsh forces, Dyfed Powys Police was told to improve how it treats people with fairness and respect and ensuring its officers behave ethically and lawfully.