Thousands of officers forced to declare their second jobs in major shake-up to raise professional standards in the police


Thousands of officers forced to declare their second jobs and publish salaries in major shake-up to improve public trust in policeReform will affect more than 20,000 police officers who have second jobsIt is part of a new code of conduct to try to raise professional standards

, compared with 19,329 in March 2011.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the integrity reforms were welcome but 'they don't go far enough'.

She said: 'Our duty in this house is to make sure police officers get the support they need, and have a proper framework of accountability to keep standards high. What she has announced today is welcome and responds to many of the concerns we have raised.

'But I urge her to look at them again because I remain concerned that they don't go far enough and they will not deliver what the police and the public need.'

More than 20,000 police officers who work elsewhere outside their normal hours will have to declare their second jobs for the first time.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of
Constabulary found a big increase in the past 12 months of officers
taking up alternative jobs, with one in 10 having second jobs.

Police staff are allowed to take second jobs or run companies if approved by their superiors and permission is likely to be given unless there is a direct conflict of interest.

The
inspectorate found that at least 23,043 police staff had second jobs
out of a workforce of 201,575 in May 2012, compared with 19,329 in March
2011.

Currently
there is no national database of police officers' second jobs and the
information is held locally by the 43 forces of England and Wales.

Officers will
also be required to report any evidence of police corruption that they
come across in the course of their daily duties.

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, the ACPO lead on professional standards, said: 'The public quite rightly expects all police officers to demonstrate the very highest standards of professional conduct.

'However, with seniority comes greater expectation and accountability, and those who lead must do so by example.'