STATEMENT FROM CHESHIRE PCC FOLLOWING THE CONVICTION OF FORMER STUDENT POLICE OFFICER IAN NAUDE

Posted on Friday 16th November

Statement from the office of police and crime commissioner for Cheshire following the conviction of former student police officer Ian Naude

David Keane, police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, said: “This has been a highly distressing case and my thoughts are very much with the victim and her family. The despicable and disgusting behaviour displayed by Ian Naude is not the behaviour expected from any officer within Cheshire Police. Police officers are there to protect the public but, sadly, this former student officer decided to abuse his position and take advantage of a vulnerable young girl.

“In this case, Cheshire Constabulary was found by the IPOC to have followed the national vetting policy in its recruitment of Naude. However, I will be taking some time to review processes around this case to see if there is any learning to feed back to colleagues nationally. One particular area I would like to review is how criminal allegations made against a candidate in the period between when their vetting is completed and their employment commences can be immediately identified and appropriately acted upon.

“I remain committed to one my key priorities of protecting victims and vulnerable people and I will also be seeking assurances from the acting chief constable that Cheshire Constabulary’s amended vetting and training procedures ensure standards are maintained and that officers are in no doubt of the conduct expected from them.”