Officers with Criminal Convictions

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please can you supply a list of current serving officers with criminal convictions buy rank.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Myatt

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Myatt

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2011110004051
I write in connection with your request for information  which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 28/11/2011.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

"Please can you supply a list of current serving officers with criminal
convictions by rank."

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Dear Mr Myatt

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  2011110004051

I write in connection with your request for information which was
received by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 28/11/2011.  I note
you seek access to the following information:

·        Please can you supply a list of current serving officers with
criminal convictions buy rank.

EXTENT OF SEARCHES TO LOCATE INFORMATION

To locate the information relevant to your request searches were conducted
at The Directorate of Professional Standards and The Performance Analysis
Unit.

RESULT OF SEARCHES

The searches located records relevant to your request.

DECISION

I have today decided to disclose the located information to you in full.

Please find attached information pursuant to your request above.

Please can you supply a list of current serving officers with criminal
convictions by rank.

Data is taken from the convictions data that is compiled by the PAU.  

The convictions data compiled by the PAU covers the time period of
01/01/2002 to 30/11/2011.  I have included all offences that would have
been dealt with in a court of law and  the convictions data is based on
the court final hearing date.

The table below details those officers who were convicted between
01/01/2002 to 30/11/2011, who are currently serving within the MPS, split
by rank.

The table below details the officers convicted in the time period, split
by charge category.

The table below details the traffic types for those officers who were
convicted of a traffic offence in the time period.

The table below details the court penalties against the 351 currently
serving officers who were convicted within the time period.

The table below details the subsequent write off results against these
officers.

319 officers had their convictions found to be substantiated.  The
following table details the write off methods against these officers.

* Please note: the 'other' result shown in the table above is unknown.

27 officers were subject to Formal Misconduct within the time period.

Please note:  The Misconduct Sanctions detailed above are as a result of
any reviews/appeals.

18 officers were subject to Formal Action within the time period.

Please note:  The Misconduct Sanctions detailed above are as a result of
any reviews/appeals.

In order to assist you further please see below an explanation of the
allegation investigation results.

Officer not informed - this is where it is deemed appropriate not to
inform an officer about an allegation made about them. This can only take
place when the allegation made is a conduct matter (an allegation of
misconduct that does not involve a complaint from a member of the public),
when an officer has not been identified in relation to an allegation, when
the investigation was covert by nature or an officer has left the employ
of the MPS.

Not Recorded -  This is where following investigation into an
allegation/complaint against an officer it is found that the
circumstances/conduct which were subject to an allegation do not fit the
criteria for a recordable complaint under the Police Reform Act.
Dispensation - Where a force or a police authority considers that no
action should be taken about a complaint (this is before a local
resolution or an investigation has started) they must get IPCC agreement
for a dispensation. Grounds for dispensation are where:
More than 12 months have elapsed between the incident giving rise to the
complaint and the making of the complaint, and either that no good reason
for the delay has been shown or that injustice would be likely to be
caused by the delay.
The matter is already subject of a complaint.
It is not reasonably practical to ascertain name or address of a
complainant.
Complaint is vexatious, oppressive or otherwise an abuse of the procedures
for dealing with complaints.

Discontinuance - Where a force considers it is no longer practical to
continue with an investigation and is unable to conclude the investigation
they can apply to the IPCC for discontinuance on the following grounds: -
Non - co operation by complainant.
The complaint/conduct matter turns out to be vexatious, oppressive or an
abuse of procedure
The complaint/conduct matter turns out to be repetitious.
The complainant agrees to local resolution

Local Resolution - This is where the complaint is dealt with locally and
with the agreement of the complainant. It can be by way of Desktop - i.e.
it is dealt with at the relevant police station or borough, or Management
- i.e. it is dealt with by DPS.

In respect of disciplinary action taken by the MPS against police officers
where the allegations against them were substantiated, please note that
the listed actions taken against the officers are sanctions that were used
under the Police Regulations 2003, i.e. pre-Taylor, plus the new
sanctions, introduced as a result of the Taylor Review into police
discipline, which were implemented on 1st December by the Police Conduct
Regulations 2008.  The updated regulations introduced two defined levels
of misconduct, 'Misconduct' and 'Gross Misconduct' cases are managed by
local management and the maximum outcome will be a final written warning.
 Line managers are responsible for dealing with misconduct at the lowest
level, e.g. formal misconduct meetings at local level which are described
as Taylor Meetings. Gross Misconduct will be managed by DPS and these
formal hearings are described as Taylor Hearings. The maximum outcome of a
Taylor Hearing is dismissal from the Police Service.  (Fines and reduction
in rank are no longer available).  For your convenience I attach the
relevant internet link below which will guide you to the Schedule
Standards of Professional Behaviour which may be of further assistance to
you.

Police Conduct Regulations 2008

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_20... new

Please find a brief explanation of the misconduct sanctions below which I
hope will be helpful.

Pre Taylor Sanctions:

Discussion, Words of Advice, Written Warning: These are sanctions which
are only used in cases where the breach of the Code of Conduct does not
warrant a formal misconduct board and the case may be resolved locally. In
the case of a Written Warning the officer must accept that his conduct
fell short of the expected standards and agree to the sanction of written
warning.

Post Taylor Sanctions:

Management Action: This refers to anything that can be locally resolved to
address the misconduct of an officer and can include:
Pointing out how the behaviour fell short of the expectations set out in
the Standards of Professional Behaviour.
Identifying expectations for future conduct
Establishing an improvement plan
Addressing any underlying causes of misconduct.

Formal Action:
Written Warning: Unlike the pre Taylor Written Warning, the officer does
not have to agree, management can impose this sanction. The written
warning is valid for 12 months and if during that period the officer has
another misconduct matter they may be given either a final written warning
or else referred to a Misconduct Hearing managed by DPS.  

Final Written Warning: A final written warning can be given by a local
misconduct meeting and lasts for 18 months.  Any further misconduct during
that period can then if necessary be referred to a Misconduct Hearing
where the officer's job will be at risk. In exceptional circumstances the
Misconduct Hearing might decide to extend the final written warning but it
can only do this once

Please see the explanation below of the Fast Track/ Special Case
Misconduct procedure

Fast Track (Special case procedure)
Special case procedures are co-ordinated by the Hearings Office. These
procedures can only be used where the Director DPS has certified that;
a) there is sufficient without further evidence, in the form of written
statements or other documents, to establish on the balance of
probabilities that the conduct of the police officer concerned constitutes
gross misconduct; and
b) it is in the public interest for the police officer concerned to cease
to be a police officer without delay.

Where an officer has received a conviction for a criminal offence the MPS
will review that officer's fitness for the responsibilities of their rank
or as a member of the police service.  This review is undertaken in
accordance with Home Office Circular 8/2005:Guidance on Police
Unsatisfactory Performance, Complaint & Misconduct Procedures, which was
implemented on the 28th January 2005.  With reference to police officers
in receipt of criminal convictions, please see Section 3 of the document
which relates to police misconduct procedures where criminal convictions
have been received.  For your convenience I attach the relevant internet
link below.

http://www.knowledgenetwork.gov.uk/HO/ci...

I would also direct you to the MPS Misconduct Investigation Guide which
contains the Code of Conduct to which all police officers employed by the
MPS are expected to adhere. Further information describing the procedures
to be followed when investigating an allegation of misconduct and the
subsequent disciplinary procedures which may be invoked if necessary can
also be found within this document.  I attach the relevant internet link
below for your convenience.

http://www.met.police.uk/foi/pdfs/other_...

Size of the MPS
The MPS currently employs in excess of 32,500 police officers and more
than 3,600 volunteer police officers in the Metropolitan Special
Constabulary and its Employer Supported Policing programme. The number of
police officers that receive a criminal conviction and/or are disciplined
when their conduct is proven to have fallen below the standards of
behaviour expected accordingly, each year, represents a very small
percentage of those officers employed by the MPS.

Criminal Convictions
It should be noted that the overwhelming majority of police officers that
were retained by the MPS having been convicted of an offence, were
convicted of traffic related offences (a large number for speeding and a
smaller number for driving under the influence of alcohol).  A number of
offences (i.e. driving without due care and attention) have been included
as they technically amount to criminal convictions, although they will not
lead to a criminal record.

Securing and maintaining the trust of the community is integral to the
principle of policing by consent and in order to do so, the MPS recognises
that its officers must act with professionalism and integrity whether on
or off duty. The MPS treats each occasion seriously when an allegation is
made about a member of its staff or a member of its staff is convicted of
a criminal offence and will, in each case, fully investigate that incident
to determine whether a breach of the standards of behaviour for police
officers has taken place. Where the conduct of our officers is found to
have fallen below the standards expected, the MPS takes robust action to
ensure that officers are appropriately disciplined and that lessons are
learnt from each case.

All MPS employees are expected to behave professionally, ethically and
with the utmost integrity at all times. Any instance where the conduct of
our staff is alleged to have fallen below the standards of behaviour
expected is treated extremely seriously by the MPS.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Margaret Bunker on telephone number 02071616511 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Margaret Bunker
Information Manager
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, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 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

Total Policing is the Met's commitment to be on the streets and in your
communities to catch offenders, prevent crime and support victims. We are
here for London, working with you to make our capital safer.

 

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system.  To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law.  Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents.  The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

Dear Margaret Bunker

Thank you so much for the detailed reply and for the data you have supplied.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Myatt

Peter Danby left an annotation ()

No UK police officer has a DBS disclosure, they have in house checks.The in house checks are not open to public scrutiny.

I wonder how the police can work with the public? because can public liability insure the police without DBS checks...?

Kind regards,

Peter Danby and Associates.

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