Two detective chief inspectors among 944 officers in England and Wales with a criminal record
One officer found guilty of gross misconduct after sending racist and sexist texts is still in his job
Hundreds of others facing misconduct allegations are allowed to escape punishment by quitting their forces
More than 900 police officers continue to serve despite being convicted of crimes including violence, robbery and fraud.
Forces employ policemen and women with criminal records for assault, burglary, supplying drugs and perverting the course of justice.
Among them are several senior officers, including two detective chief inspectors and a chief inspector working for the Metropolitan Police.
In some cases continuing to employ officers appears to directly contradict Government guidelines which insist on ‘proven integrity’.
They highlight that people with convictions for certain offences, including assault, dangerous driving and burglary, should not be recruited.
At least 944 serving officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) have a conviction. Most are for traffic offences such as speeding and drink-driving, but there are also offences of dishonesty and fraud.
Among the 944 are a Devon and Cornwall PC convicted of burglary as a teenager and officers in Essex convicted of dangerous driving, supplying cannabis and robbery.