New rules on Lancashire Police taking gifts

NEW guidelines have been implemented preventing serving police officers in Lancashire accepting gifts, or hospitality, except of a trivial nature.

The new rules, implemented by Home Secretary Theresa May, are said to prevent important officers putting themselves in a position where ‘people could feel that they are being influenced by the receipt of such gifts’.

The report, written by the Association of Chief Police Officers, states officers should have a ‘blanket non-acceptability’ approach to gifts and hospitality, and that they should take a ‘common sense’ approach to the provision of light refreshments and trivial, inexpensive gifts.

This means officers are banned from being wined and dined by journalists, members of the public, or business leaders.

However, officers are able to use their discretion to accept small tokens of thanks from victims, or communities as long as they are entered into a single force register.

In a report, presented to Lancashire Police Authority’s Audit and Standards Committee, DCI Neil Gregson said: “The guidance makes clear the expectation of a single force register of gifts and hospitality.

"The guidance also includes more definitive details and examples of the boundaries of acceptability, and makes clear the distinctions that exist in a spectrum whereby one extreme can be properly considered bribery, through to low-level hospitality which could in no way be considered as a breach of integrity.”

The new policy is a reaction to the Leveson Inquiry, an ongoing public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press after the News International phone hacking scandal.

Ms May told the inquiry officers will be banned from accepting any free hospitality from journalists, except for ‘light refreshments’.

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3:35pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Hippocroccapig says...

You can't bribe the police now?
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What kind of a mixed up world do we live in - has anyone thought about these poor police officers that will doubtless be on the bread line without this vital source of their income.
You can't bribe the police now? . What kind of a mixed up world do we live in - has anyone thought about these poor police officers that will doubtless be on the bread line without this vital source of their income. Hippocroccapig

4:05pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Stuart Farquar says...

Welcome to 1984... No independent thoughts allowed !
Welcome to 1984... No independent thoughts allowed ! Stuart Farquar

6:58pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Cha'mone MF says...

So let me get this right, they'll have to log it in a register if they get a quid knocked off a kebab ?
So let me get this right, they'll have to log it in a register if they get a quid knocked off a kebab ? Cha'mone MF

8:26pm Tue 12 Jun 12

Bonging Lizard DNA says...

Cha'mone MF wrote:
So let me get this right, they'll have to log it in a register if they get a quid knocked off a kebab ?
Or a free one off one of the working girls in bank top?
[quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: So let me get this right, they'll have to log it in a register if they get a quid knocked off a kebab ?[/p][/quote]Or a free one off one of the working girls in bank top? Bonging Lizard DNA

7:17am Wed 13 Jun 12

Cha'mone MF says...

Bonging Lizard DNA wrote:
Cha'mone MF wrote:
So let me get this right, they'll have to log it in a register if they get a quid knocked off a kebab ?
Or a free one off one of the working girls in bank top?
And then hopefully a free scrape at the clinic would follow?
[quote][p][bold]Bonging Lizard DNA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cha'mone MF[/bold] wrote: So let me get this right, they'll have to log it in a register if they get a quid knocked off a kebab ?[/p][/quote]Or a free one off one of the working girls in bank top?[/p][/quote]And then hopefully a free scrape at the clinic would follow? Cha'mone MF

11:02am Wed 13 Jun 12

chris283 says...

That will stop them going in to takeaways and expecting a free supper bye your own you earn enought
That will stop them going in to takeaways and expecting a free supper bye your own you earn enought chris283

3:10pm Wed 13 Jun 12

Cha'mone MF says...

chris283 wrote:
That will stop them going in to takeaways and expecting a free supper bye your own you earn enought
What about you Chris, do you do a discount for the old boys in blue down at Burger King?

...and by the way only Chavs use the word "supper". You probably put the chip pan on for yours.
[quote][p][bold]chris283[/bold] wrote: That will stop them going in to takeaways and expecting a free supper bye your own you earn enought[/p][/quote]What about you Chris, do you do a discount for the old boys in blue down at Burger King? ...and by the way only Chavs use the word "supper". You probably put the chip pan on for yours. Cha'mone MF

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