A total of 4,115 officers have been found guilty of misconduct in the last five years – many for committing crimes as serious as sexual assault, drug trafficking, fraud, drink-driving, making child porn and domestic violence.
Of those, 643 were dismissed or forced to resign. Among them was a sergeant sacked for having three sub-machine guns and ammunition and a police constable who was given a warning for having sex in a public park.
A police constable was dismissed after being found guilty of distributing indecent images of children. The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show the problem of criminal behavior among officers is getting worse.
Information supplied by 34 out of the 43 forces show that, in those five years, the number of officers found guilty of misconduct rose by 56 per cent from 559 to 873.
In London, the number of Met officers found guilty of misconduct rose from 47 in 2008 to 327 in 2012.
‘Cases of misconduct must be dealt with robustly, swiftly and openly to ensure the police are beyond reproach,’ said Matthew Sinclair, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance.
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