Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sex Crimes and Assaults among Convictions of 639 Met Officers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sex Crimes and Assaults among Convictions of 639 Met Officers

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Byline: Martin Robinson

HUNDREDS of Met Police officers have been convicted of crimes ranging from sex attacks and assaults to traffic offences in the past eight years.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show 639 officers have been found guilty of criminal offences since 2002. A total of 79 were jailed, 73 of whom were dismissed or required to resign. Others who were jailed are believed to have resigned before they were convicted.

Most of the officers kept their jobs after their convictions -- the majority of cases involved minor traffic offences. Police insiders say officers found guilty of serious traffic offences such as drinkdriving would normally be sacked. Eight officers were convicted of corruption, three of drugs offences, 43 of violence offences, 21 of sexual offences, five of perjury, 23 of theft and 17 of misconduct or malfeasance in public office. In February, former borough commander Ali Dizaei was jailed for four years for misconduct and sacked.

A total of 137 officers retired or resigned either before or after they were convicted; 112 received a written warning and 124 received advice. …

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