The number of serving cops in YOUR area who are convicted criminals revealed as police hire thieves

HUNDREDS of serving police officers have been convicted of criminal offences – including assault and robbery, a Sun investigation has revealed.

More than 300 cops currently serving in forces across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are guilty of crimes, according to data released under the Freedom of Information Act.


But the true figure is thought to be much higher, as just under half of forces refused to reveal their statistics – claiming that it would cost too much money to compile the information.

Now The Sun Online can reveal hundreds of worrying crimes carried out by cops while serving with the force and individuals still employed despite their convictions

The police vetting system was last year criticised when monster cop Wayne Couzens dragged Sarah Everard off the street before raping and strangling her – after using his warrant card during the Covid lockdown.

The Home Office has since announced an inquiry into whether red flags were missed over the rapist cop – as he launched a sick bid to overturn his whole-life sentence for Sarah's murder.

Reports last year emerged that Couzens, who was £29,000 in debt, could have joined the force at a time when some new PCs weren't vetted at all.

The case sparked an outcry with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick facing calls to resign.

And worrying new figures can today be revealed by The Sun Online with 354 cops currently serving having been convicted of a crime.

One of the most common convictions across forces was for Assault – with a staggering 24 officers found guilty of the offence.

Other convictions range from Violent behaviour and Animal Abuse to Theft and Burglary.

Most common convictions across forces

Assault – 24

Speeding – 20

Theft – 18 

Drunk and Disorderly/ Disorderly Behaviour – 16

Public Order – 14

Criminal Damage – 11

Shoplifting – 11

Drink Driving – 9

Burglary – 6

Possessing Offensive Weapon in Public Place – 5

Drug Possession – 4

Animal Abuse – 3

Using Threatening, Abusive, Insulting Words or Behaviour – 3

Arson – 2

Out of the 43 forces across the UK, 27 replied to The Sun's enquiries in November – with 16 citing that it would cost too much, or take too long to retrieve the information.

It comes after a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found that in 2018/19, 33 per cent of officers, an astonishing 72 per cent of police community support officers and 45 per cent of staff did not hold proper checks.

And according to the BBC, more than 2,500 police officers and staff were found to be working without the appropriate level of vetting.

Here we show you exactly how many serving police in your area have been convicted of a crime.

Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police have revealed that 13 serving cops have been convicted of a crime.

Of these, 10 are ranked as constables while the other three and sergeants.

The convictions include Penalty Notice Disorder, Common Assault, Careless Driving, Section 29 Assault, Obtaining Money by Deception, Shoplifting, Burglary and theft.

In regards to hiring officers with criminal offences, the force says: "Whether you can join will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence. Each case will be considered on its own merits."

Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police currently have two officers with criminal convictions on the books.

Both of these officers are constables.

Their convictions are for Common Assault and Excess Speed.

In regards to hiring officers with criminal offences, the force says: "If you have a criminal record, this doesn't mean you're automatically ineligible; it depends on the nature of your conviction."

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British Transport Police

British Transport Police told The Sun they were unable to provide any information on their officer’s convictions as it would exceed the cost limits of a Freedom of Information request.

They estimated that it would take them 250 hours to compile the information.

In regards to hiring officers with criminal offences, the force says: "For Police Officers, PCSO's and Special Constable applications with any cautions, convictions or reprimands (including juvenile) will preclude you from any appointment."

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

The Sun’s investigation revealed that one officer of the Cambridge Constabulary has been convicted of a crime.

He is a Constable – and has two criminal convictions for Excess Speed and Common Assault.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: “Having a criminal record per se, may not be a reason for us to refuse your vetting clearance.”

Cheshire Constabulary

Cheshire Constabulary has 23 currently serving officers who hold criminal convictions.

Of these 23 one is an Inspector, 15 are Police Constables, one is a sergeant and one is a PCSO.

One of the Police Constables has three convictions, while the police sergeant has two.

These convictions include Criminal Damage, Public Order, Burglary, Shoplifting, Possession of Mephedrone, Failing to Furnish Driver Details, Theft, Assault, Failing to Provide a Sample of Breath, Possession of Air Weapon in Public Place, Driving without due care and attention, Arson, Driving with no licence, Trespass on a Railway, and Possession of a controlled drug of Class B.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "A number of crimes will mean a definite or likely rejection of your application, including anyone who has received a formal caution in the last five years, committed a violent crime or public order offence. When applying we would recommend honesty."

City of London Police

The City of London currently has zero convicted officers working for them.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "This will depend on the nature of the conviction or caution.

"You will need to provide full details to assist our vetting department in making a decision, via the applications process."

Cleveland Police

The Sun’s Freedom of information request revealed that there are four officers serving with Cleveland Police who have been convicted of a crime.

These four are Constables and Sergeants.

Their convictions include Drink Driving, Violence Against the Person, Drink Driving and Use of a Mobile Phone while Driving.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Eligibility will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence.

"It is not possible to set out a full list of convictions that will preclude a person from joining the force.

"Each case will be considered on its own merits, and if the offence is deemed sufficiently serious a person will be rejected irrespective of age at time of offending."

Cumbria Constabulary

Cumbria Constabulary currently has zero convicted officers working for them.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Any previous criminal convictions or cautions (including those spent), fixed penalty notices, traffic offences or any involvement with the Police must but be declared."

Derbyshire Constabulary

There are four officers with criminal convictions currently serving Derbyshire Constabulary.

They are all ranked as Constables.

Their convictions are for Affray, Disorderly Behaviour, Drink Driving, Purchasing Alcohol Underage and Urinating in a public place.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "You must declare any previous spent and unspent convictions and have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance.

"Applicants with cautions, convictions or reprimands, other than some motoring offences, may not be accepted."

Devon, Cornwall and Dorset Police

Under the three forces, there are 10 convicted members of staff.

Out of these 10, seven are Constables while three are Sergeants.

Their convictions include Assault ABH, Burglary and obtaining property by deception, Causing Unnecessary Suffering to a Protected Animal, Possession of an Offensive Weapon in a Public Place, Public Order, Theft and Using threatening, Abusive, Insulting Words or Behaviour.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the forces said: "It is not possible to set out a full list of convictions that will preclude a person from becoming a Police Officer.

"Each case will be considered on its own merits, and if the offence is deemed sufficiently serious a person will be rejected irrespective of age at time of offending."

Durham Constabulary

Durham Constabulary did not reply to The Sun’s enquiry.

They said: “Due to the Coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic and the changing circumstances  for all, the Unit must prioritise essential safeguarding work for the health and social care sector, and also for the Family Court.”

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the forces said: "This will depend on the nature of the conviction or caution.

"You will need to provide full details to assist our vetting department in making a decision, via the applications process."

Dyfed-Powys Police

Dyfed-Powys Police refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the forces said: "Ideally, you should not have a criminal record however, some minor offences may not exclude you from joining the police service. 

"We are unable to state, before the application, whether your convictions record will affect your application. 

"This will be determined from the full and confidential information provided during the course of the recruitment and selection process."

Essex Police and Kent Police

Together Essex Police and Kent Police have 20 officers who have been convicted of 23  crimes.

Of these 19 are Constables and one is a Sergeant.

Their convictions include Driving Without Due Care, Speeding, Drink Driving, Careless Driving, Section 5 Public Order, Assault and Using a Mobile whilst Driving.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the forces said: "There is not a prescriptive list of convictions and cautions that lead to a vetting rejection.

"Each case is considered on its own individual merits in relation to the role being undertaken and assets being accessed, subject to the rejection criteria."

Forces with the most convictions

  1. Met Police – 150
  2. North Wales – 25
  3. Cheshire Police – 23
  4. Kent and Essex Police – 23
  5. Thames Valley and Hampshire Police – 22
  6. Greater Manchester Police – 15
  7. Avon and Somerset Police – 13
  8. Leicestershire Police – 11
  9. Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Police – 10
  10. Sussex Police – 8

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary refused to reply to The Sun’s investigation – saying that it would cost too much money to retrieve the information.

They said: “Unfortunately, there is no central register of this information and no way of electronically searching for the information.”

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the forces said: "Each case will be considered on it’s merits and, whilst the rebuttable presumption is that convictions, cautions or other sanctions should lead to rejection, there may be cases where this may be disproportionate in the circumstances."

Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police told The Sun of 15 officers who have been convicted of a crime.

Among these 15 are 10 Constables, a Detective Inspector, two Detective Constables and two Police Sergeants.

Their convictions include Common Assault, Driving without Due Care, Driving without Insurance, Failing to have a TV license, Harassment, Putting Person in Fear of Violence, Section 39 Assault and Speeding.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the forces said: "GMP will not recruit people with cautions or convictions which may call into question the integrity of the applicant or the Police Service.

"Applicants, who have been convicted or cautioned, may still be eligible for appointment, depending on the nature and circumstances of the offence."

Heddlu Gwent Police

Heddlu Gwent Police revealed that three of their officers have criminal convictions – a Detective Sergeant, a Police Constable and a Detective Constable.

Their convictions are for Drink Driving, Criminal Damage and Violent Behaviour.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said:

Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police

Among the officers in Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police 22 people have criminal convictions.

Of these 22, 19 are Police Constables and three are Sergeants.

Their convictions are for Burglary, Theft, Shoplifting, Battery, Dangerous Driving, Possessing an Offensive Weapon in a Public Place, Allowing a dog dangerously out of control, Arson, Criminal Damage and Drink Driving.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the forces said: Hampshire Constabulary adheres to the recruitment and vetting procedures that are set nationally to ensure we maintain the high standards required of us to protect and serve the public.

"Cases where officers have declared criminal convictions are assessed on a
case by case basis, and all circumstances surrounding the information are
considered."

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Hertfordshire Constabulary refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "If you have a criminal record, this doesn't mean you're automatically ineligible; it depends on the nature of your conviction."

Humberside Police

Just one serving member of Humberside Police has a criminal conviction – a Police Sergeant.

Their conviction is for Common Assault. 

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Cautions and Convictions will not necessarily preclude you from becoming a Police Officer.

"It will depend on the nature and the circumstances of the offence. All applicants will undergo a comprehensive vetting check at the point of pre-employment stage."

Lancashire Constabulary

The Sun’s investigation has uncovered the details of eight convicted officers in Lancashire Constabulary.

All eight of the officers are ranked as Police Constables.

Their convictions are for Section 39 Assault, Drink Driving, Driving without due care and attention, Section 4 Public Order, and Speeding Offenses.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Having a criminal record is not automatically a bar to joining the police. It would depend on what you were convicted of, what sentence you received, how old you were and how long ago it was.

"However you would have to declare any convictions and each case would be considered individually."

Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police have 11 Constables who have been convicted of a crime on their books.

Their offences include Obtaining and Disclosing Personal Data, Destroy or Damage property, Distributing Indecent Photographs, Theft, Shoplifting, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Public Fear, Alarm or Distress and Drink Driving.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Whether you're eligible depends on the nature and circumstances of the offence.

"It is not possible to set out a full list of convictions. Each case is considered on its own merits considering all available information."

Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police did not reply to The Sun’s Freedom of Information request.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Eligibility will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence.

"It is not possible to set out a full list of convictions that will preclude a
person from becoming a police officer.

"Each case will be considered on its own merits, and if the offence is deemed sufficiently serious a person will be rejected irrespective of age at time of offending."

Metropolitan Police

The Sun’s investigation revealed that a whopping 150 officers in the Metropolitan have been convicted of a crime.

These convictions include Assault, Criminal Damage, Drink Driving, Possession of Drugs, Firearm offencse, Drunk and Disorderly, Possession of an Offensive Weapon, Theft, and Fraud.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Convictions, cautions and fixed penalty notices will not necessarily preclude anyone from appointment with the Metropolitan Police Service. It will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence."



Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Whether you're eligible depends on the nature and circumstances of the offence. It is not possible to set out a full list of convictions that will preclude a person from becoming a Police Constable.

"There may also be circumstances where an individual whose suspected involvement in crime, or criminal associations make an offer of employment inappropriate."

Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence has seven serving officers who have been convicted of a crime.

All seven of those who have been convicted are Police Sergeants.

Their crimes include Speeding, Breach of the Peace and Criminal Damage.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Having a previous criminal conviction/s or caution/s is not an automatic bar to joining the MDP.

"However, you must disclose all convictions/cautions, however minor, when completing your application form. We will judge each case on its merits (parking infringements are excluded)."

Norfolk Police

There are four Constables in Norfolk Police who have been convicted of a crime.

Their convictions include Fraudulent Vehicle Excise Licence, Possessing an imitation firearm in a public place and Common Assault.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Although you may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions/cautions, there are certain offences and conditions which will make you ineligible. 

"Police forces should not recruit those with cautions or convictions, which may call into question the integrity of the applicant or the police service."

North Wales Police 

The Sun’s investigation has revealed that are 25 officer on North Wales Police’s books that have a criminal conviction.

Of these, 18 are Constables, two are Detective Constables and four are Sergeants.

The convictions include Possession of Controlled Drugs, Drunk and Disorderly, Obtain Property by Deception, Cruelty to Animals, Data Protection, Common Assault, Criminal Damage, Disorderly Behaviour, Theft and Breaching Coronavirus Regulations.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Police forces should not recruit those with cautions or convictions, which may call into question the integrity of the applicant or the police service. Each case should be dealt with on its own individual merit."

Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Ideally, you shouldn't have a criminal conviction or cautions record.

"If you do have one, you may be rejected, although we may take into account your age at the time and nature of the offence."

Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Cautions or convictions will not necessarily preclude you from appointment. It will depend on the nature and the circumstances of the offence."

North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police did not reply to The Sun’s enquiries.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Every candidate will be subject to security vetting checks and your application may be withdrawn if you have a criminal offence.

"All declared offences will be judged on a case-by-case basis and if you are concerned that a past conviction may affect your application please contact HR to discuss."

Nottinghamshire Police 

Nottinghamshire Police did not reply to The Sun’s enquiries.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Applicants should be transparent and include any crime, caution, road traffic offence, speeding ticket etc.

"Whilst a criminal record does not automatically mean a rejection, however a number of crime types will mean a definite or likely rejection of your application, including anyone who has received a formal caution in the last five years, committed a violent crime or a public order offence."

Police Service of Northern Ireland

The Police Service of Northern Ireland refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions.

They said: “Information related to any individual's criminal record, irrespective of whether they are in a public-serving role such as a police officer or not, is considered their personal information.”

South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police have ten officers who have been convicted of a crime.

Of these ten, one is a Detective Constable, two are Police Community Support Officers, three are ranked as Police Constable, three are Police Staff and one is a Special Constable.

Their convictions include Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, Common Assault, Criminal Damage, Drunk and Disorderly, Theft, Threatening Behaviour and Dishonestly Obtaining Benefits.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Convictions and cautions will not necessarily preclude you from becoming a police officer.

"It will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence. Failure to disclose convictions or cautions will, however result in your application being terminated."

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Staffordshire Police 

Staffordshire Police currently have seven officer on their books who have been convicted of a crime.

Of these, six are Police Constables and one is a Sergeant.

Their offences include, Criminal Damage, Driving with Excess Alcohol, Death by Due Care and Using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Convictions or cautions will not necessarily cause a problem for appointment.

"It will depend on their nature, the circumstances and when the offence was committed. Failure to disclose convictions or cautions will, however, result in your application being terminated."

Suffolk Constabulary

In Suffolk Constabulary, two officers have been convicted of a crime,

Both officers are ranked as Consatble, are their convictions are for Common Assault and Breach of the Data Protection Act.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Whether you can join will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence. Each case will be considered on its own merits."

Surrey Police

Surrey Police did not reply to The Sun’s request for information under the Freedom of Information Act.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Whether you can join will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence. Each case will be considered on its own merits."

Sussex Police

The Sun’s investigation has revealed that eight officers who serve in Sussex Police have criminal convictions.

Of the eight, seven are Police Constables and one is a Sergeant.

Their crimes include Theft Shoplifting, Possession of Cannabis, Destroy/Damage of Property, Common Assault and Causing a Dangerous Occurrence on a Road.

Warwickshire Police

Warwickshire Police refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

They told the Sun that it would take staff 89 hours to compile the stats because the “information is not readily identifiable.”

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "There are only two offences which are an automatic bar to becoming a police officer; having been sentenced to a custodial sentence (including suspended sentences) and being a Registered Sex Offender."

West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

They told The Sun that to compile the information it could take them 201 hours.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "If you have a criminal record, this doesn’t mean you won’t be considered. This depends on the nature of your conviction.

"Please declare any current or previous cautions or convictions, including cautions as a juvenile, on your application form. If you don’t, you will fail vetting due to integrity concerns."

West Midlands Police 

West Midlands Police refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Convictions or cautions will not necessarily preclude you from appointment. It will depend on their nature and the circumstances of the offence."

West Workshire Police

West Workshire Police refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Having a criminal record is not automatically a bar to joining the police.

"It would depend on what you were convicted of, what sentence you received, how old you were and how long ago it was. However, you would have to declare any convictions and each case would be considered individually."

Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police refused to reveal if any serving officers have criminal convictions, saying it would cost too much to retrieve the information.

They said the information “is not stored in a way which permits easy retrieval”.

In regards to hiring people with a conviction, the force said: "Applications will be rejected in all cases where:

  • Offences were committed as an adult or juvenile which resulted in a prison
    sentence
  • The applicant is a registered sex offender or is subject to a registration requirement in respect of any other conviction.

"For all other convictions or cautions, there is a rebuttable presumption that they should be rejected."

An NPCC spokesperson told The Sun: “Having a criminal record has never automatically barred someone from joining the police service.

"Applicants must declare their convictions and every case is thoroughly reviewed, including what the conviction was for, the sentence received, what the circumstances were at the time and how long ago it was, and officers are then re-vetted throughout their service.”

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