source: BBC News
published: 20 June 2014
Thirty-eight police officers in England and Wales have left the service in the past four years, avoiding inquiries into their conduct and possible disciplinary action, figures show.
The data from the IPCC police watchdog relates to death in custody cases and other serious allegations. Among those to leave were six Metropolitan Police officers, six from Durham and six from Essex police. A police spokesman said that leaving early was less costly to the taxpayer.
The BBC has seen the data, which has been examined by the watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), from and including 2009-10 to 2012-13.
Police officers who resign or retire while under investigation cannot be subject to any disciplinary action – although criminal proceedings may still be brought against them. If they leave they still get a pension, and an officer cannot be interviewed about the case under investigation.