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Suffolk: Police officer worked as driving instructor while signed off sick

PUBLISHED: 13:35 14 November 2012

Eight police officers have resigned from Suffolk police pending gross misconduct investigations

Eight police officers have resigned from Suffolk police pending gross misconduct investigations

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SUFFOLK: Eight Suffolk police officers have resigned in the last year prior to facing gross misconduct hearings, a shocking Ipswich Star investigation has revealed.

Among the list of offences for which serving police officers have been investigated include a police officer who worked as a driving instructor while off sick from the force, another caught with indecent images of children and a colleague awaiting a court appearance for possessing a firearm.

A Freedom of Information request by the Star has revealed that eight Suffolk police officers resigned in the last year prior to facing gross misconduct hearings – of those two are facing court proceedings against them.

Dating back to 2009/10, 16 officers have faced misconduct hearings and been found guilty.

Of those six were slapped with their final written warning while seven received a written warning. In the remaining cases management action was taken or advice given. The remaining five officers who resigned before their gross misconduct hearings were investigated for:

n criminal fraud

n domestic assault, ABH and theft of police property

n indecent assault on two women in a nightclub

n fraudulently obtaining cash from charity fundraising

n damaging police vehicles and conspiring to harass a member of the public

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said officers are expected to deliver the “highest standards of personal and professional behaviour”.

“These standards reflect the expectations the public have of how officers should behave and it is always extremely disappointing and sad when officers leave due to misconduct allegations,” he said.

“All investigations undertaken by the Professional Standards Department are conducted in a proportionate manner and are conducted in a manner that protects the integrity of the force with all evidence carefully and objectively reviewed.

“Where an officer is suspected of committing a criminal offence the case is determined using the normal criminal justice processes with evidence presented to the Crown Prosecution Service to seek advice as to whether any further action would be appropriate.

“In cases of gross misconduct, and in cases where it is considered inappropriate for the employees involved in misconduct to remain in their normal place of work, consideration will be given to precautionary suspension, or redeployment elsewhere.”

n What do you think? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

3 comments

  • It seems that deciding someone is guilty and labeling them a perpetrator and passing it on to other agencies and not even telling the accused that they have been accused or what they are accused of doing is OK. And there is no way of putting the record straight.

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    old git

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • What has happened to the Suffolk Force I once knew? In my 30 years we did have officers committing minor infringements and on very rare occasions a criminal offence. The answer is probably in the current politically correct recruitment policy of allowing entry of candidates with criminal convictions,poor vetting and non intuative interview boards working to a tick sheet. I suggest the new Commissioner makes this their first priority.

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    dinosaur detective

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • I wonder if they run criminal checks on fireman and ambulance staff what that would reveal ? The Police are an easy target and any chance to have a pop people will.

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    the opinion man

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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