Website reveals South Yorkshire Police's roll of shame

Website reveals South Yorkshire Police's roll of shame

By Tom Sharpe | 03/04/2013 0 comments

Website reveals South Yorkshire Police's roll of shame

A POLICE inspector sacked for shoplifting and an off-duty PC caught travelling in a stolen vehicle driven are among those featured on a new South Yorkshire Police website.

Summaries of law-breaking, professional misconduct and dishonesty by officers who were dismissed or resigned from the force following disciplinary proceedings now feature on the Our Standards section of the force’s online offering.

The site went live this week after Chief Constable David Crompton voiced the need for “openness and transparency.”

Officers names do not feature in the log, which dates back to 2010, but summaries of their exploits are laid bare.

Examples of misconduct included in the log are:

  • Travelling in a stolen car driven by a disqualified driver while off-duty. When the car crashed, both the officer and the driver ran off.
  • Without lawful authority, pushed a cyclist to the ground, injuring the palms of their hands, wrists, right knee and shin.
  • Used inappropriate use of force against a detainee; punched a fellow officer for no reason; repeatedly discharged his pepper spray canister inside police stations; and referred to colleagues in derogatory terms.
  • Arrested for assaulting partner.
  • An Inspector  dismissed on grounds of “honesty and integrity” after he was caught shoplifting in May 2012 is the most senior officer to feature on the Our Standards site.

Chief Constable David Crompton said: “From today we will be making it much easier for the public to see details about officers who are dismissed when serious misconduct is proven.

“The vast majority of South Yorkshire Police officers act professionally and with integrity at all times, but sometimes a small minority let us down and the Force does not shy away from taking decisive and robust action.”
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright added: “I fully support the work of the Chief Constable in providing details of dismissals due to misconduct.”

To see the Our Standards web-site for yourself, visit www.southyorkshire.police.uk/our-standards/misconduct-findings

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