Crime statistics regarding serving police officers as defendants.

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to inquire how many serving police officers have been convicted of a criminal offence that has been dispensed with via a custodial sentence.

If time permits I would also like to know the following:
Of what crimes those officers were found guilty of.

I would also like to know how many serving officers were defendants in cases where the alleged offence carried a possible custodial sentence of 5 years or more but the officer was found not guilty or the case dropped in the last 5 years.

Yours faithfully,

Zoe Mercer

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Ms Mercer

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009100002012
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 08/10/2009. I note you seek
access to the following information:

* " I am writing to inquire how many serving police officers have been
convicted of a criminal offence that has been dispensed with via a
custodial sentence.
* If time permits I would also like to know the following:
* Of what crimes those officers were found guilty of.
* I would also like to know how many serving officers were defendants in
cases where the alleged offence carried a possible custodial sentence
of 5 years or more but the officer was found not guilty or the case
dropped in the last 5 years. "

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act). You will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act,
subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference
to a third party. In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to
achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and
given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
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Katie London
Policy and Support Officer
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Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Ms Mercer,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2009100002012

I write in response to your request for information that was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 08 October 2009. I note that you
seek access to the following information:

1. How many serving police officers have been convicted of a criminal
offence that has been dispensed with via a custodial sentence.

2. Of what crimes those officers were found guilty of.

3. How many serving officers were defendants in cases where the alleged
offence carried a possible custodial sentence of 5 years or more but the
officer was found not guilty or the case dropped in the last 5 years.

DECISION
I have disclosed the located information to you in full.

In respect of your request for:
1. How many serving police officers have been convicted of a criminal
offence that has been dispensed with via a custodial sentence.

2. Of what crimes those officers were found guilty of.

No serving MPS officers have been convicted of a criminal offence where a
custodial sentence was received.

In respect of your request for:

3. How many serving officers were defendants in cases where the alleged
offence carried a possible custodial sentence of 5 years or more but the
officer was found not guilty or the case dropped in the last 5 years.

The MPS complaints, conduct and discipline system does not record whether
an alleged offence carries a custodial sentence. The MPS cannot
accordingly answer this question. It may be possible to provide details of
the offences serving officers have been charged with for which they
subsequently appeared at court. It would be advantageous to discuss this
part of your application. Please contact me on 0207 230 5204 should you
wish to do so or write to me at [email address].

COMPLAINT RIGHTS
If you are dissatisfied with this response please read the attached paper
entitled Complaint Rights, which explains how to make a complaint.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
the MPS.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please
contact me on 0207 230 5204 or at the address at the top of this letter,
quoting the reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Damion Baird
Information Manager
Directorate of Professional Standards

In complying with their statutory duty under sections 1 and 11 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 to release the enclosed information, the
Metropolitan Police Service will not breach the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. However, the rights of the copyright owner of the
enclosed information will continue to be protected by law. Applications
for the copyright owner's written permission to reproduce any part of the
attached information should be addressed to MPS Directorate of Legal
Services, 1st Floor (Victoria Block), New Scotland Yard, Victoria, London,
SW1H 0BG.
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 40 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

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