March 11th, 2009 in Breaking News, Police State

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More than 1,000 police officers have criminal records

More than 1,000 police officers have criminal records, Liberal Democrats reveal - Telegraph.

The 1,063 officers were convicted for a range of offences including 59 for assault, three for burglary and 93 for dishonesty, according to statistics from 41 of 52 forces.

A further 210 officers had resigned or been dismissed from their posts since 2004 because of their criminal convictions.

The Liberal Democrats, who requested the data under the Freedom of Information Act, said police chiefs should “get tough on bad apples” within their forces.

The party’s home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: “I can’t see how an officer convicted of dishonesty can perform duties effectively. Any prosecutor would be reluctant to call them as a witness for fear of being taken apart by the defence.”

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said officers convicted of crimes would not automatically lose their jobs.