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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Nine Cumbrian police officers resign over misconduct

Nine officers have resigned from Cumbria Police following allegations of misconduct, figures have revealed.

The number of allegations of conduct breaches within the force were revealed through a Freedom of Information request.

The response showed a total of nine officers resigned within the January 2011 to August 2012 period following a range of allegations including those concerning honesty and confidentiality.

During the 19-month period, 17 allegations of ‘discreditable conduct’ were made against Cumbrian police officers.

One of the accused constables resigned in December 2011 and a further two resigned over the same matter in July this year.

The report shows there were nine allegations of breaches of confidentiality by police officers and six of breaches of honesty and integrity.

Out of a total of 48 allegations of misconduct, 13 were deemed to need no sanction.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes is responsible for monitoring complaints and making sure the constabulary’s procedures are in line with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A statement from Cumbria police said: “Police officers and staff are aware of the professional standards which need to be maintained and anything which is a cause for concern will be investigated and appropriate action taken.

“Actions which would bring the constabulary into disrepute will be investigated.”

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