How police ignore guidance on outcomes in police misconduct proceedings

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor Last week the College of Policing issued a new document: “Guidance on outcomes in police misconduct proceedings”. The College, which issued the guidance, describes itself as “the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales. Our purpose is to provide those working in policing with… Read more »

Three Ways Police Misconduct Victims are Denied Access to Justice

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor On Tuesday, Baron Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, felt compelled to state the obvious when talking about Gina Miller, the lead claimant in the “Brexit” hearings before the High Court. (Ms Miller wants the Court to determine if Parliament should have a role in triggering Article 50 of the treaty on… Read more »

Five Tips to Find the Best Solicitors to Sue the Police

By Kevin Donoghue, solicitor It can be hard to find the best solicitors to sue the police for you. Let me help with unbiased insider advice only a lawyer who specialises in actions against the police can give. Unbiased? Really? As you can tell from our website, we want everyone who might bring an actions… Read more »

Five Ways to Cut Police Complaints

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Director of Donoghue Solicitors Yesterday, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (“IPCC”) published its Police Complaints Statistics for England and Wales Report for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. (The IPCC is responsible for overseeing the system for handling complaints against the police.) The report is grim reading. It shows that police complaints are at… Read more »

What Does a Police Solicitor Know About Ethics?

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor I was disappointed to read that another police solicitor is to be investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) about ethical breaches. (In this article a “police solicitor” is one who represents police forces and/ or the Police Federation (the staff association for all police constables, sergeants, and inspectors) when dealing… Read more »

Why the Police Should Change Their Body Camera Policy

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor Yesterday the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they will trial the use of body camera technology with 500 front line officers based in 10 London boroughs, starting with Camden. This follows successful trials of the equipment, which records what the officer sees and hears, in Devon & Cornwall and Bedfordshire. If successful,… Read more »

How Police Misconduct Investigations Weaken Public Trust

By Kevin Donoghue, Solicitor A report in the Sheffield Telegraph  got me thinking about police misconduct in road traffic accidents involving the police. It said that in the three years to March 2011, South Yorkshire Police cars were involved in more than 1,152 road traffic accidents. These road accidents injured 214 people, who received almost… Read more »