POLICE officers should have their pensions docked as punishment for the most serious cases of misconduct in a bid to improve ethics within the service, a group of influential MPs has said.

In a report on policing standards, the Home Affairs Select Committee has recommended that a scale of fines should be established to tackle corruption among officers.

And one of the cases highlighted by the report is that of former West Yorkshire Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison.

He stepped down while facing a disciplinary investigation for gross misconduct charges relating to Hillsborough.

The committee has also called for a new code of ethics to be established and for all new officers to obtain a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.

And there are currently at least eight investigations underway as a result of police failings, the MPs said, which have so far cost £23m.