Green takes aim at police 'second jobs'

Policing minister Damian Green looks set to rile police officers. Green is to launch a new code of conduct that will force police officers to declare any second jobs outside usual working hours.

More than one in ten police officers have second jobs, ranging from self-defence classes to undertakers. Is the move needed?

Conflict of interest?

Green thinks so. The Government is concerned about conflict of interest issues bought on by second police jobs; at least 20,000 police officers are thought to have secondary part-time roles. There are no legal issues - currently - provided their superiors are informed.

However Green is concerned about potential conflicts of interest, including gifts made to officers. So there will be a new code of ethics introduced which "will require every officer to show that they can demonstrate "honesty and truthfulness", reports the Telegraph.

The police are also having to deal with increased anti-corruption allegations. Last year the Guardian reported that some detectives working on Scotland Yard's own anti-corruption unit had been paid thousands from a private investigation company.

Too much time?

There's also concern of police officers using anabolic steroids: many forces across England and Wales are investigating police officers with bodybuilding interests who may subsequently have comprimising relationships with drug suppliers.

There's also another issue: most professionals simply don't have enough time in the day for a second job. Do some police officers simply have too much time on their hands?

Relations between the police and the Government have certainly been better. Recently the Government indicated that foreign chief constables could also be bought in. And Andrew Mitchell looks likely to take legal action against the Sun for libel on allegations he called Downing Street police officers "plebs".

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