Added by Freedom of Information Team on 05 January 2017 at 11:13
1. In the last five years (January 2011 – present day) how many of your officers have been subject to misconduct hearings?
2. How many of these were found guilty of misconduct?
3. Of those found guilty of misconduct, how many had engaged, or tried to engage, in a sexual or otherwise inappropriate relationship with a witness, victim or offender?
4. For all those who were found guilty of misconduct of any nature, please provide: rank of officer, name of officer (where possible), date of their hearing, date the misconduct took place between, the punishment they received from the force and a relevant summary of the misconduct they had committed
There were 60 individual Police Officers (includes members of the Special Constabulary) subject to misconduct meetings.
As a result of the misconduct hearings 51 individual Police Officers (includes members of the Special Constabulary) were found to have a case to answer.
Of the 51 Police Officers who were found to have had a case to answer; 5 were found to have engaged, or tried to engage, in a sexual or otherwise inappropriate relationship with a witness, victim or offender.
The attached table contains some of the details requested.
To provide all the details would allow individuals to be identified. Information that constitutes personal information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
I have therefore provided the following:
Date of the Hearing, the standards breached, the rank of the officer and the outcome, in accordance with previous disclosures.
The information that has been deemed exempt is:
Name of the officer, date the misconduct took place, and a summary of the misconduct. In addition on one occasion the hearing was held in private on instruction of the chair, in this case the standard breached the rank of the officer and the outcome has been withheld as the release of this information would lead to the identification of individual/s.
The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.
FOI reference: 1385/16.
Date of request: 14.11.16.