What is a formal investigation?
Where it has been decided that a misconduct case, whether or not it involves a complaint, should be investigated formally, responsibility for the investigation may be undertaken by the professional standards department. Under the new 'Taylor Reforms' (Conduct Regulations 2008) this investigation may equally be conducted from start to finish locally on the officers district.

The investigation should be completed as quickly as is practicable and there are now specific timescales. The investigating officer should ensure that the officer concerned and, if there is one, the complainant are kept informed as to the progress of the investigation, provided that to do so would not prejudice the investigation.
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