Police officers can anonymously report abuses within the Police Force without fear of facing disciplinary action through an amendment of a schedule in the Police Act.
Previously, police officers would face disciplinary proceedings If they were caught making an anonymous report, but the Home Affairs Ministry said that this will now be possible according to the established procedures.
Minister Byron Camilleri described the move as part of a series of measures which will help enhance transparency and accountability in the police force over the coming weeks.
“Through this reform, we are sending a clear signal of where we want to take the force. We want to ensure that there are internal systems in place that allow a member of the Police Force, from constables to officers in other ranks, that feel comfortable reporting abuse even if it concerns their peers,” Camilleri said.
The ministry also described the reform as a first step towards establishing a clear anti-fraud and anti-corruption policy in the Police Force. Additionally, it said that the government was committed to adopting a number of recommendations made by the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO).