More than half of the UK’s elected police and crime commissioners (PCC) have been investigated over allegations of misconduct by the country’s policing watchdog.
Figures released on Sunday by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) showed that its officials have probed over 40 allegations against 23 out of the country’s 41 commissioners.
According to a spokesman for the IPCC, the commission had received 44 complaints between the 2012 police commissioner elections in November and October 31.
Among the allegations against the PCCs were leaking confidential information and election fraud.
Six of the cases have resulted in formal, independent inquires, while a seventh investigation is being taken care of by the City of London police.
The complaints against the 23 commissioners, some of whom receive an annual income of £100,000, were either filed by their own office or from the relevant police force.
The controversial PCC posts were introduced by Home Secretary Theresa May in 2012 in a bid to increase accountability in policing and give Britons a say in how the police forces are managed.