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Police/Staff Employed with Convictions

Question

How many current members of staff (please give separate numbers for police, PCSOs or other staff) do you employ who have a either cautions or convictions (please give separate figures)?

Answer

Please find the information in the table below: 

 

Police Officers

PCSO’s

Police Staff

Cautions

2

0

2

Convictions

13

2

1

A total of 13 current police officers have been identified as having a criminal conviction. This includes conditional discharges. Of the 13 officers, nine of the convictions are historic and the officers had these convictions prior to joining the Constabulary (the majority are juvenile convictions for dishonesty offences e.g. burglary and theft). The circumstances of each case is considered on an individual basis and in these cases a decision was made that the conviction did not compromise the individual’s role as a police officer. 

If a police officer or police staff member is accused of an offence it will be recorded as a misconduct matter. These are dealt with on a case by case basis. Invariably if someone appears at court then the assessment will be gross misconduct meaning that their suitability to remain employed by the constabulary is reviewed by a gross misconduct hearing panel. 

Please note the information above does not include driving offences or Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND’s). Information has been provided based on records held by the Professional Standards Department. Three police officers and one PCSO who have recent convictions have appeals and/or misconduct hearings pending.

FOI Reference: 068/16