TWO-THIRDS of police officers in Hampshire facing gross misconduct investigations resigned before their cases were heard.
Figures revealed by the College of Policing show 833 officers were added to the Disapproved Register by forces in England and Wales in its first two years.
Of the 369 who left in the year between December 2014 and November 2015, 202 were dismissed, 147 resigned and 20 retired, while in the 12 months from December 2013, 215 were dismissed, 219 resigned and 30 retired.
The number of officers leaving before their cases were resolved, totalling 416 over the two-year period, comes despite government steps to bar them from doing so. But new rules only applied to new cases.
In Hampshire, 14 resigned between December 2013 and November 2015. Six were dismissed and one retired.
College of Policing standards manager Detective Superintendent Ray Marley said: ‘The number of officers on the register represents a tiny percentage of the overall workforce.’