Rebecca Swanston has now been found guilty and jailed for three years. PC Swanston who served in the police force till last November was secretly recorded in her home having incriminating conversations with criminal associates.
Swanston, of Lomond Close, Portsmouth, was involved in intimate relationships having sex with suspected and known criminals in Southampton, including drug dealers.
The court heard she told suspected criminals they were wanted and advised them about police tactics, enabling them to avoid detection.
Another corrupt police officer behind bars. The original post with information on previous trials can be read below.
A former woman police officer allegedly disclosed confidential intelligence and tactics, a court heard today.
Rebecca Swanston, 28, of Hampshire Police, is alleged to have logged onto information systems including the police records management system and passed on confidential intelligence.
Swanston, who today faced three charges of misconduct in public office, also allegedly failed to report a man for possessing class A drugs, plus confessions to assaults and other offences.
Instead of upholding the law, she shared details with the intention of frustrating ongoing probes, detection of crime and the apprehension of offenders, prosecutors claim.
Swanston, who was based at Southampton Central Police Station, is alleged to have committed the offences over a 10-month period between January and October last year.
Swanston, from Portsmouth, appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court this morning for a brief hearing to hear the charges against her.
Dressed in a purple and black dress, she stood to hear the counts against her. Magistrates asked if she understood the allegations, from prosecutor Zoe Martin, and she replied ‘yes’.
She denies wilfully neglecting to perform a duty as a holder of a public office from January 1 to October 18, 2012.
The allegations of misconduct include accessing intelligence on the records management system other than for a policing purpose, passing confidential police information to a Miguel Sewell and failing to report his possession of class A drugs and his confession to an assault with a weapon.
She also denies disclosing confidential police information to a Robert Morris, failing to report a confession, advising him about police procedures and giving him two police shirts.
The third count relates to accessing and leaking information and briefings about a suspect, Tariq Khan, to be passed onto him with the intention of frustrating an ongoing probe into serious offences.
Magistrates adjourned the case for trial and Swanston was bailed to appear at Winchester Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing on June 4.
She must sleep at her home address, not enter a given area and her passport must remain logged with Hampshire Police. These conditions have been in place ‘for some time’, the court heard.
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