The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is inviting the public to help shape police policy involving road death investigations.
ACPO’s last review of its Road Death Investigation Manual (RDIM) was carried out in 2007. This consultation will focus on police standards when responding, reporting and investigating road traffic collisions and will influence an agreed policy and guidance to be published by ACPO.
Assistant Chief Constable Sean White, ACPO lead for the investigation of fatal and life changing road collisions across England and Wales, said: “The police service is committed to preventing and reducing the loss of life or serious injury on our roads.
“Long-term trends indicate that together with other agencies we are achieving that ambition.”
ACC Sean White is encouraging full public involvement in the consultation, including bereaved family and friends who have had firsthand experience of police involvement.
ACC White added: “Families quite rightly expect their police service to prevent and reduce these collisions from occurring and in the unexpected event that it impacts upon them they are entitled to the best service and support to aid them through such a difficult time.
“We are committed to listening to their experiences and views as well as those of partner agencies, and to updating and amending our policy and practices to keep pace with and, where possible, exceed expectations.”
The consultation is open until 7 September 2012 and comments can be made via the Cleveland Police website or by writing to ACC Sean White at Cleveland Police Headquarters, PO Box 70, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, TS8 9EH.