Six Essex Police officers suspended from duty for misconduct – report

Police officers suspended from duty. Library image.

Police officers suspended from duty. Library image.

Five officers and one special constable are currently suspended from duty at Essex Police.

The officers have been removed from active service pending investigations into their conduct.

The cases, launched between October and December last year, have been outlined in the latest quarterly report from the Professional Standards Department at Essex Police.

It has been published by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston as part of a commitment on transparency at the force.

New cases of misconduct reported include one officer arrested on suspicion of fraud by the City of London Police, a special constable arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of an inappropriate relationship with a minor as part of his civilian job, and an officer arrested for domestic abuse.

As well as a number of individual cases, the report also outlines the referrals made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) about concerns over investigations within the North Child Abuse Investigation Team, which is an ongoing case.

This has seen 30 cases referred to the IPCC, one officer suspended and 11 placed on restricted duties.

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Mr Alston said: “I am aware and fully understand that this report will be of concern for the public of Essex.

“I am thoroughly committed to being open and transparent about where things go wrong or serious misconduct has occurred and that does not always make for comfortable reading.

“It is important to point out that many of the issues now coming to light have been raised by Essex Police themselves and that is to their credit.

“I would also want to remind people that, day by day, the vast majority of the men and women of Essex Police continue to carry out excellent work in solving crimes, locking up criminals and most importantly supporting victims.

“Whilst it is important to be open and transparent, it is equally important to recognise the excellent work police do routinely.”