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Majority of Staffordshire Police caught speeding avoid penalty points

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

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LESS than a third of police officers caught unnecessarily speeding in Staffordshire since 2011 have been given penalty points for their offences.

The data, found in a freedom of information request, showed that of the 16 officers that were caught speeding in the last three years, only five received penalty points.

Staffordshire Police has claimed that the unpunished 11 officers were authorised to exceed the speed limit while taking part in police training or operations.

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  • mattlong  |  August 06 2014, 5:59PM

    Despite my own political leanings I've said some very complimentary things about Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis in recent weeks. This being said Matthew needs to sort this out together with the Chief Constable as a matter of urgency. You can't proclaim a new ethical pledge and code of ethical conduct for Staffordshire police and then have this morally dubious practice of allowing police officers to proverbially 'get away with it'. When Sir Robert Peel founded the modern British police in 1829, a core principle was the notion of the rule of law and namely that the police as citizens in uniform would also be subject to this very rule of law. To allow the above practice to continue risks the twin charges of duplicity and hypocrisy.