Five police officers resign over criminal offences in past three years
Five police officers have resigned from Gloucestershire Constabulary over criminal offences in the past three years.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show offences of misconduct in a public office, perverting the course of justice, assault, using violence to enter premises, using threatening words or behaviour, battery, and intending to pervert the course of justice were faced by officers working for the force.
None of the officers were dismissed – all resigned, the force said.
Two officers left over criminal offences in 2010/11 and three in 2011/12.
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None left in similar circumstances in 2012/13, however.
One officer was jailed and three were given suspended jail sentences, the figures show.
In 2010/11, two officers left the force over three charges of misconduct in a public office and one of perverting the course of justice – one was given four months in jail suspended for a year, plus 100 hours community service and £3,000 costs, while the other was jailed for two offences for 12 months each to run concurrently.
Three officers who resigned the following year did so over 10 allegations, eight of which were proved.
They faced two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three charges of battery, and single charges of assault by battery, using violence to enter premises, common assault, using threatening words or behaviour, and committing an act with intent to pervert the course of justice.
Sentences for those crimes were 26 weeks in jail suspended for 12 months and a 12-month probation order and £500 compensation, a £250 fine with £400 costs and £250 compensation, two months in jail suspended for 12 months and a curfew, and an 18-month conditional discharge with £500 costs.
A Gloucestershire Constabulary spokeswoman said the force was unable to name those involved but said officers are expected to act with the highest of standards at all times.
“We would like to reassure the community that we expect all our staff to behave professionally and with the utmost integrity at all times,” she said.
“All our officers have to adhere to a code of conduct and any case where an officer has received a criminal conviction would be taken extremely seriously and would result in disciplinary action, which may lead to their dismissal.”
A Police Federation spokesman said: “The vast majority of police officers conduct themselves to the highest standards and with the utmost integrity at all times.”
Three years ago, a Freedom of Information request revealed misconduct of 13 police officers over the previous 10 years were investigated in Gloucestershire.