Discipline figures for cops

NEARLY 150 police officers in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire were disciplined or suspended last year. Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, The Comet found that from April 1 2006 to March 31 2007, 120 officers from Hertfordshire Police and 28 from Be

NEARLY 150 police officers in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire were disciplined or suspended last year.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, The Comet found that from April 1 2006 to March 31 2007, 120 officers from Hertfordshire Police and 28 from Bedfordshire Police were disciplined.

In Herts officers were reprimanded and subject to misconduct proceedings, attended disciplinary proceedings in the form of a hearing, and received suspensions or written warnings for offences which included driving with excess alcohol, assault, abuse of the constabulary email system and improper use of their official position.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sparrow of the Professional Standards Department said: "Hertfordshire Constabulary expects all employees to conduct themselves with integrity and honesty.

"Residents of Hertfordshire should be served by a police service with the highest standards of ethics and behaviour. The Constabulary proactively monitors the behaviour of its employees and will pursue any evidence of misconduct."

In Bedfordshire officers were also disciplined or suspended on the grounds of general conduct, performance of duties, confidentiality and honesty and integrity.

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