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May unveils new police rules

May unveils new police rules
New rules to make the police service more transparent have been outlined by the Home Secretary.

Speaking to MPs today, Theresa May said the police needed to become "more transparent", adding that the "good work" of police officers was undermined by those involved with corruption.

Changes include a national register where police will declare their second jobs and a new "code of ethics" distributed to ranks and file police officers.

Ms May also said the Independent Police Complaints Commission would be given resources needed to investigate all serious allegations, including transferring some of the work from the police forces.

IPCC Chair Dame Anne Owers welcomed the Home Office's move to strengthen the body's powers of investigation, but Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said Ms May had not gone far enough in her reform of the IPCC.

"She will know I have argued for the last twelve months that the IPCC has neither the powers nor the resources to do what is expected of it and to fully investigate when things go wrong," she said. She said the changes would not "do enough to restore public confidence in the IPCC as being able to swiftly solve problems, get justice, and make sure lessons are learned when policing goes wrong."

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