Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MPs to Quiz Police Watchdog Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MPs to Quiz Police Watchdog Boss

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THE head of the police complaints watchdog will give evidence to the House of Commons concerning the policing of the G20 protests, it was confirmed yesterday .

Nick Hardwick, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee tomorrow as the fallout surrounding allegations into the use of police force at the protests grew increasingly acrimonious.

Mr Hardwick said he had "serious concerns" about front-line supervision of officers at this month's demonstrations.

He also said police needed to remember that they were "servants, not masters"

of the people. The comments came as former Metropolitan Police Commander John O'Connor, warned that current Met chief, Sir Paul Stephenson, risks losing the support of rank and file officers if the investigation into allegations of abuse became a "witch hunt".

Sir Ken Jones, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, moved to defuse the situation by praising the "overwhelming majority" of officers who he said deserved public support. …

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