Police officer offences result in dismissals

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DRINK driving, possession of indecent images and possession of firearms are amongst the reasons that officers have been dismissed or requested to resign from Lancashire Constabulary.

Figures show that over the past five years 29 members of police staff and officers were required to resign, made compulsory redundant, had their contract terminated, or dismissed as a result of misconduct.

Of those 19 police officers were either dismissed or requested to resign from the force.

Seven officers were requested to resign and 12 officers were dismissed.

In 2007/08 eight officers were requested to resign or were dismissed, in 2008/09 six were, in 2009/10 four were, in 2010/11 eight were and 2011/12 three were.

Over the five year period there were three cases of drink driving and nine cases were the reason for dismissal was honesty and integrity.

Other reasons include assault, performance of duties, possession of indecent images, an inappropriate relationship, possession of a firearm and misuse of force systems.

The figures were published on the They Work For You website and they were collected by the Home Office.

The reasons for the dismissals were revealed after The Evening Post made a Freedom of Information request and relate to officers who were dismissed or required to resign at misconduct hearings between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2012.

Where the reason for dismissal was criminal, the officers were also dealt with through the courts, as well as the force’s own misconduct investigation.

Det Supt Simon Giles, head of professional standards at Lancashire Constabulary said: “Honesty and integrity are two of the most important characteristics of a police officer.

“We are resolute in our commitment to deal with anyone in the Constabulary who does not maintain the high standards expected of them, and to which the vast majority of our staff deliver day in and day out.

“Over the past five years a small number of officers’ actions have fallen short of those high standards.

“Their misconduct has been subjected to thorough investigation with the outcome either dismissal or their resignation.

“For those staff members who broke the law, then criminal action was taken through the courts in addition to the misconduct investigation.”

Rachel Baines, chairman of Lancashire Police Federation, said: “Thankfully the figures represent an incredibly small proportion of the workforce of Lancashire.

“Any offence is unacceptable especially if it is criminal conduct and should be the subject of due process, however, public confidence should be judged by the excellent performance of officers across the breadth of the service rather than by the shortcomings of a few individuals.”

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw was unavailable for comment.

Nationally 818 officers were dismissed over the same time period.