Two serving Hampshire police officers convicted of crimes

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TWO serving police officers have been convicted of criminal offences in the past three years.

The two male officers were convicted, one in 2012 and one in 2013 for separate offences.

A criminal conviction is a misconduct offence so you run the risk of losing your job as well as obtaining a conviction

John Apter

Hampshire Constabulary refused to name the officers.

The first officer was convicted of urinating in a public place the second one was convicted of animal neglect.

It comes as data from 25 forces today revealed 309 police officers and police community support officers were convicted of offences from 2012 to June.

At least 295 police officers and PCSOs with convictions are serving in police forces, according to separate figures from 18 forces.

John Apter, Hampshire Police Federation chairman, represents rank-and-file officers in the area.

He told The News: ‘Police officers are expected to maintain the highest of standards, not only on-duty but off-duty.

‘They are subjected to the highest level of scrutiny, more so than the vast majority of occupations, which is understandable.’

He added that convictions from people’s pasts should be looked at on a case-by-case basis when an applicant wants to join the force.

He said: ‘A criminal conviction is a misconduct offence so you run the risk of losing your job as well as obtaining a conviction.

‘In exceptional circumstances there have been some cases of officers who haven’t lost their jobs but that will depend on situations specific to them.’

In May, The News reported that four police staff working in the criminal justice unit preparing cases for the Crown Prosecution Service were convcited of fraud.

All of the women kept their jobs despite admitting the offence, linked to the use of parking permits.

In relation to the two convictions Chief Superintendent Mark Chatterton said: ‘We cannot comment on the employment status of individuals who will have been named elsewhere in the public domain during the court process.

‘Each case of a serving officer or staff member being convicted for an offence is considered internally from a professional standards perspective on a case-by-case basis. This is not grounds for automatic misconduct proceedings being initiated, but depending on the circumstances surrounding the conviction this is one potential outcome.’