South Yorkshire Police chiefs are reviewing their undercover policing operations following allegations surrounding the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry in London in 1993.
It comes after Home Secretary Theresa May commissioned the Inspectorate of Constabulary to review undercover policing to search for evidence of misconduct.
She ordered the review after a Metropolitan Police officer revealed he had been asked to find information to smear the Lawrence family in the wake of the black teenager’s racially-motivated murder.
Damian Green, policing minister, said: This has been a time of bad headlines for the police.
“They are largely historic, but still hugely damaging. The job of cleaning out the stables is key – but even that is not enough.
“The challenge to police to rebuild public confidence comes not from me, but from the public themselves.
“Police officers must always remember the oath they swear when they take up the office of Constable - to discharge their duties faithfully according to the law.
“Put in more modern terms, police officers are required to do the right thing, not the easy thing.”
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Martyn Bates, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Securing and maintaining the public’s confidence is the corner stone of policing and can only be maintained if our integrity is beyond reproach.
“The force is committed to being open and transparent and welcomes any reviews, procedures and investigations that are introduced that will ensure the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in all aspects of policing are maintained.
“We welcome and support the announcement made by Mr Green.”