Metropolitan Police corruption suspensions near 50 over two years

Nearly 50 Metropolitan police officers and 26 staff members have been suspended for alleged corruption in the past two years, figures show.

Of the 47 officers, eleven were convicted, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

A total of 222 officers were suspended between 2012 and 2014, with alleged corruption cited as the main reason.

The Met said suspensions did not imply guilt, but all allegations were “taken extremely seriously”.

The revelation follows a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which warns “the threat to the Met of corrupt activity remains significant”.

Officers dismissed

HMIC’s January report said in the financial year from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014, the Met’s Department of Professional Standards carried out 419 investigations into reports of behaviour that HMIC considered were likely to involve corruption.

They included allegations of drug-related offences, bribery, theft, fraud, dishonesty, sexual misconduct and unauthorised information disclosure.

These investigations resulted in 69 officers and staff members being dismissed, retiring or resigning, it said.

The Met’s figures show in that year, 27 officers and 13 police staff members were suspended during corruption probes.

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