Sexually assaulting victims and possession of illegal firearms are among the accusations made against police officers in Essex.

Essex Police investigated more than 1,000 complaints against staff last year

Essex Police investigated more than 1,000 complaints against staff last year

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SEXUALLY assaulting victims and possession of illegal firearms are among the accusations made against police officers in Essex.

In 2013 more than 1,000 complaints were made, with about one in ten upheld, and several resulted in criminal charges.

Other allegations included perjury, possession of indecent images, and illegally accessing data.
The figures were revealed by police and crime commissioner Nick Alston in two documents citing the last six months of complaints and alleged misconduct.

He said: ““I am not surprised it happens but I am disappointed about the number of serious incidents.

“The community has reasonable expectations and they are entitled to know what is happening and they have the right to know things are going to be dealt with.”

One now former officer with Essex Police has been convicted of possession of an illegal firearm.

Other allegations include: disclosing confidential information to criminals, assault while off duty, possessing indecent images, using excessive force against a youth, inappropriate relationships with witness and abuse of position.

One officer is being investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting two victims of crime.

Several of the officers involved have resigned or been fired and put on a disapproved register to stop them becoming police officers elsewhere.

Mr Alston said: “I am very conscious police officers, PCSOs and police staff are currently working tirelessly to investigate the murders of James Attfield and Nahid Al-Manea, and to keep both Colchester and all the communities of Essex safe.

“Many officers and PCSOs are working back-to-back 12 hour shifts, day after day.

“They deserve our respect, our support and our thanks.

“But I have yet to speak to a member of Essex Police who does not believe high professional standards matter.

“The vast majority of police officers, PCSOs and police staff feel that acts of misconduct, or those even more rare acts of criminality, performed by their colleagues let down everyone in the force.

“Police officers are figures of authority. They and their colleagues must act responsibly and professionally at all times.

“I am aware there may be public shock and disappointment at some of the details.

“I would ask everyone to remember that, including police officers, PCSOs, police staff and Special Constables, almost 6,000 people work for Essex Police, and there are hundreds of thousands of interactions between the public and the force, often in difficult circumstances, every year.”

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10:14am Fri 4 Jul 14

HARRY438 says...

News?
News? HARRY438
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11:38am Fri 4 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

HARRY438 wrote:
News?
You are not interested in the integrity of those who would police you?
[quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: News?[/p][/quote]You are not interested in the integrity of those who would police you? ThisYear
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1:53pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Hatpeg says...

ThisYear wrote:
HARRY438 wrote:
News?
You are not interested in the integrity of those who would police you?
Or the 90% of time wasting, and costly allegations that have to be investigated?
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: News?[/p][/quote]You are not interested in the integrity of those who would police you?[/p][/quote]Or the 90% of time wasting, and costly allegations that have to be investigated? Hatpeg
  • Score: 15

5:31pm Fri 4 Jul 14

mirokou says...

Put this into perspective. Approximately 1800 incidents a day reported to Essex Police. this doesn't include the continuation incidents . There are 3000 plus officers in a multitude of different roles, for a population of over 2 million persons not including influxes during holiday season covering a multitude of tasks and incidents. So 1% have been naughty at varying scales, you can't filter to a level of purity , but have your seen some of the complaints…"I had ticket for speeding" "An officer was buying food on duty" And a lot more petty time wasting "I'll get my own back and make complaint against that officer, because i know its not true, but nothing happens to me if i do,"
Put this into perspective. Approximately 1800 incidents a day reported to Essex Police. this doesn't include the continuation incidents . There are 3000 plus officers in a multitude of different roles, for a population of over 2 million persons not including influxes during holiday season covering a multitude of tasks and incidents. So 1% have been naughty at varying scales, you can't filter to a level of purity , but have your seen some of the complaints…"I had ticket for speeding" "An officer was buying food on duty" And a lot more petty time wasting "I'll get my own back and make complaint against that officer, because i know its not true, but nothing happens to me if i do," mirokou
  • Score: 7

11:52am Sat 5 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

mirokou wrote:
Put this into perspective. Approximately 1800 incidents a day reported to Essex Police. this doesn't include the continuation incidents . There are 3000 plus officers in a multitude of different roles, for a population of over 2 million persons not including influxes during holiday season covering a multitude of tasks and incidents. So 1% have been naughty at varying scales, you can't filter to a level of purity , but have your seen some of the complaints…"I had ticket for speeding" "An officer was buying food on duty" And a lot more petty time wasting "I'll get my own back and make complaint against that officer, because i know its not true, but nothing happens to me if i do,"
The offences reported by the PA do not seem to be very trivial..
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: Put this into perspective. Approximately 1800 incidents a day reported to Essex Police. this doesn't include the continuation incidents . There are 3000 plus officers in a multitude of different roles, for a population of over 2 million persons not including influxes during holiday season covering a multitude of tasks and incidents. So 1% have been naughty at varying scales, you can't filter to a level of purity , but have your seen some of the complaints…"I had ticket for speeding" "An officer was buying food on duty" And a lot more petty time wasting "I'll get my own back and make complaint against that officer, because i know its not true, but nothing happens to me if i do,"[/p][/quote]The offences reported by the PA do not seem to be very trivial.. ThisYear
  • Score: -6

11:58am Sat 5 Jul 14

ThisYear says...

Hatpeg wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
HARRY438 wrote:
News?
You are not interested in the integrity of those who would police you?
Or the 90% of time wasting, and costly allegations that have to be investigated?
I take it by your answer to the question that you are happy for the levels of integrity of the police service to be as low as they sometimes are.

Surely all citizens, including police officers, want their police to be beyond suspicion and held in the highest respect.

Faffing off serious crime by police officers as just another statistic amongst and which includes false allegations against the police and time wasting. does the whole issue a disservice.

Most police I would guess would want the 'bad apples' out of the service..wouldn't you?

I
[quote][p][bold]Hatpeg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: News?[/p][/quote]You are not interested in the integrity of those who would police you?[/p][/quote]Or the 90% of time wasting, and costly allegations that have to be investigated?[/p][/quote]I take it by your answer to the question that you are happy for the levels of integrity of the police service to be as low as they sometimes are. Surely all citizens, including police officers, want their police to be beyond suspicion and held in the highest respect. Faffing off serious crime by police officers as just another statistic amongst and which includes false allegations against the police and time wasting. does the whole issue a disservice. Most police I would guess would want the 'bad apples' out of the service..wouldn't you? I ThisYear
  • Score: -2

7:43pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Navajo wife says...

Thisyear great comment.WE dont like these things anymore than the public. We hear so many bad things about "bad cops" but how many citizens wills stop an officer and shake his hand and say.Thank You...I'm years retired but still have no problem saying thanks for putting your life on the life every day for me and my family when you have your own family.So, even tho I'm 6000miles away let ME say thanks. God bless you ALL in Colchester.
Thisyear great comment.WE dont like these things anymore than the public. We hear so many bad things about "bad cops" but how many citizens wills stop an officer and shake his hand and say.Thank You...I'm years retired but still have no problem saying thanks for putting your life on the life every day for me and my family when you have your own family.So, even tho I'm 6000miles away let ME say thanks. God bless you ALL in Colchester. Navajo wife
  • Score: 5

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