A POLICE officer has been suspended and three others have been taken off front-line duties following allegations of professional misconduct.
Staffordshire Police confirmed to the Mail that a major investigation had been launched into the conduct of four of its officers, all of whom are based at Burton Police Station.
The nature of the complaint resulting in the officers being pulled from active duty has been described as of a ‘confidential nature’.
A spokesman for the force told the Mail: “One police officer has been suspended and three officers have been moved from their duties within East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, based in Burton, to non-operational roles elsewhere in the force.
“This follows an allegation of professional misconduct.
“An investigation into the allegations is now under way.
“All allegations of crime or misconduct by Staffordshire Police officers and staff are treated very seriously and are thoroughly investigated.”
The force said it could not confirm the names of the officers involved.
This comes just days after the force revealed that an internal investigation launched after a policeman was accused of assault at a golf club was still ‘ongoing’.
Staffordshire Police said that the matter was still being investigated and an outcome had not yet been reached.
The force’s performance assessment unit had been called in to investigate claims that the officer ‘harassed and assaulted’ a man while on duty.
The incident allegedly took place at Branston Golf and Country Club, off Fairway earlier this year.
The Mail understands the PC works at Burton Police Station.
It is believed the officer has not been suspended from duty and its still working in the county.
The matter is in the hands of the performance assessment unit which works to promote a ‘culture of integrity, ethical behaviour and professional standards’ throughout Staffordshire Police.