NEWS: Dramatic rise in number of MoD Police officers under investigation

(mod.police.uk)

(mod.police.uk)

Startling figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that 170 of the 2,700 MoD Police officers currently on duty are under investigation for a wealth of criminal and negligence reasons. This is an increase of nearly 400% compared to just two years ago.

The figures showed that;

  • 86 officers are being investigated for neglect of their duties.
  • 43 for their general conduct whilst on duty.
  • 5 for harassment and bullying.
  • The rest face possible firearms, sexual conduct, drugs and fraud charges.

The Ministry of Defence Police are tasked with protecting the UK’s military infrastructure at more than 120 military sites around the UK including submarine and air bases and are the only British Police force that carry firearms as standard practice. The investigations come amid an uncertain future for the MoD Police as their budget is being halved from £360m to £180m which means cuts of up to 20% of its personnel and up to 50% of its stations by 2016. This has lead some to claim that low morale may have some part in the increase in investigations but the MoD have dismissed this.

A spokesman for the MoD Police said:

The Chief Constable expects all of his officers and staff to behave with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity, and any allegations of criminal or disciplinary conduct are taken very seriously. Where such allegations are made, they are fully investigated and, if substantiated, the MoDP will respond accordingly with criminal and or disciplinary action.

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8 responses to “NEWS: Dramatic rise in number of MoD Police officers under investigation

  1. Pingback: NEWS: Dramatic rise in number of MoD Police officers under investigation | Brittius

    • I’m not trying to make excuses but when I was on the ambulances and news came about of the cutbacks morale plummeted and people just operated almost mechanically. It’s not an excuse but there is some understanding in why they may not be up to spec. Alternatively the other possibility is that somewhere near the top of the political spectrum someone said “this and this need to go now find reasons for us to do it.”

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  2. I think you are right Tony. Faced with impending job cuts people do lose ‘enthusiasm’ for their job. It does affect how you work. But for us mere mortals it’s worrying that people in such positions are carrying on in this way especially those with guns and such defence important roles!

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