150 serving British Police officers are convicted criminals-Report
London, March 29, 2021 (AltAfrica)-150 serving officers in London’s Metropolitan Police are convicted criminals, according to data released by the force.
That includes people found guilty of assault, criminal damage, drink driving and theft/fraud.
The revelations come amid increasing scrutiny of British policing, following the murder of Sarah Everard, the Met’s handling of a vigil to her and criticism of police conduct at ‘Kill the Bill’ demonstrations.
Scotland Yard stressed that some of the 150 officers were handed their convictions before joining the police, but did not say how many and admitted that some of the officers may have been found guilty of more than one charge.
Other offences among the group included possession of drugs, public order offences and firearm/ammunition convictions.
The Met said: ‘Factors that are taken into account when considering applications from people with previous convictions include the age of the applicant at the time of the offence, the number of years that have elapsed since the offence was committed and the nature of the offence.
‘There are some offences that lead to mandatory rejection, including any offence committed as an adult which involves elements of dishonesty, corruption, serious violence or injury, serious involvement with drugs or abuse of children, substantial financial gain or serious loss to anyone.
As we would all expect, the vast majority of our officers uphold the law at all times, both at work and in their personal lives.’
The Met has just over 32,000 police officers. The statistics, first uncovered by a Sunday Mirror Freedom of Information request and accurate up to January 2021, include only officers and not include ‘specials’, police staff, or PCSOs.
It comes amid criticism of the Met’s handling of the vigil to Sarah, at which male officers pinned down and arrested various women who had been demonstrating about male violence.
A serving Met police officer has been charged with her kidnap and murder
The Met insists that in the ‘overwhelming majority’ of cases, police who commit crimes leave the service.