The Professional Standards Department (PSD) of Lancashire Constabulary is situated at Police Headquarters and is headed by a Detective Superintendent. The department is responsible for dealing with complaints from members of the public and internal misconduct investigations. The department consists of highly trained and experienced investigators, supported by a team of police staff who perform a variety of roles.
The Professional Standards Department is made up of the Reactive Investigation Team, the Intelligence and Anti-Corruption Team (IACT), Support Services and Vetting.
Reactive Investigation Team - investigates allegations of gross misconduct, arising from public complaints and internal sources. It also provides support to divisions in respect of lower level cases, ensuring all cases are dealt with in a fair, proportionate and timely manner.
Intelligence and Anti-Corruption Team (IACT) - are responsible for managing the risk of corruption to the Constabulary and its employees. This includes collating, evaluating, analysing intelligence in relation to allegations of corruption against police officers and police staff. IACT is a covert unit and conducts investigations into misconduct and criminal offences. Corruption within the police service remains uncommon, but when it does occur it has a disproportionate and damaging impact on individuals, police forces and public confidence in the criminal justice system.
Support Services - provides administrative support to the Constabulary in respect of public complaints and misconduct cases, ensuring that legislative requirements are met and any subsequent misconduct proceedings for officers are dealt with in accordance with police regulations. Lessons learnt from cases are reviewed and disseminated as appropriate.
Vetting - The aim of the Vetting team is to ensure that, as far as the Constabulary is aware, only those with the highest standards of honesty and integrity are recruited and, thereafter, to ensure that those standards are maintained.
The Constabulary uses the information gained from investigations to improve the service given to the public. PSD officers liaise closely with local police commanders and provide them with a range of information, including trends analysis, numbers and types of complaints and lessons learnt from complaints and misconduct cases.
You can say thank you to one of our staff or make a complaint online.
Disciplinary Outcomes are available on our Freedom Of Information pages.