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Cop chiefs reveal details of internal investigations

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 17, 2014

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POLICE chiefs have revealed four officers being investigated over claims of professional misconduct, and one over an alleged assault, will be dealt with via internal misconduct procedures.

Staffordshire Police revealed that two separate reviews into officers, all based at Burton Police Station, had now been completed.

In one incident, a male officer was accused of ‘harassing and assaulting’ a man while on duty at Branston Golf and Country Club, off Fairway, early last year.

The officer remained on active duty and was not suspended during the course of the investigation.

The Crown Prosecution Service has now confirmed that, after reviewing the case, the officer in question will not face charges over a complaint brought by a member of the public.

However, senior figures in the force did confirm he will be subject to Staffordshire Police misconduct procedures.

The other incident saw an officer suspended and three others removed from frontline duties following allegations of professional misconduct.

The nature of the complaint that resulted in the officers being pulled from active duty was described as of a ‘confidential nature’.

A spokesman for the force said: “Three of the four officers involved have already been dealt with through the force’s misconduct procedure and the fourth will be dealt with in this way in the near future.”

Speaking after the release of information on the conclusion of both investigations, a force spokesman said: “Our communities expect and deserve the highest standards of behaviour from our officers and staff, and when it is suspected there has been any shortcoming in those standards we will always thoroughly investigate these concerns.”

Throughout the entirety of both investigations, the force said it could not confirm the names of any of the officers involved.

Both matters were investigated by the force’s performance assessment unit, which works to promote a ‘culture of integrity, ethical behaviour and professional standards’ throughout Staffordshire Police.

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