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Monday, November 2, 1998 Published at 11:54 GMT


Police corruption probes in 19 forces

Scotland Yard has formed an internal unit called CIB3

Nearly half of all police forces in England and Wales have officers facing charges of corruption or dishonesty, according to a survey by The Times newspaper.

Altogether 105 police officers in 19 out of 43 forces are under investigation.

They include high-ranking officers such as superintendents and detective chief inspectors.

London's Metropolitan Police has by far the greatest problem with 51 officers suspended.

The survey results come days after Home Secretary Jack Straw warned senior officers that a "corrupt few" were damaging the reputation of a majority of honest members of the force.

In Gwent, one superintendent has been charged with offences relating to expenses fraud and three detective chief inspectors in other forces are under investigation.

Anti-corruption squads far and few between

The Times also revealed that only five forces have set up special anti-corruption units and eight have confidential hotlines for officers.

Many forces are reported to have said they had no corruption problem and others that they did not need special anti-corruption units because police officers themselves would volunteer information.

Scotland Yard recently set up CIB3 to look into police dishonesty.

One Met officer has been convicted and dismissed for burglary and drug offences.

Eight others face various charges of theft, taking the proceeds from a robbery and perverting the course of justice.

South Yorkshire, with 11 officers under scrutiny, came second followed by Cleveleland with eight and the West Midlands with seven.

Cheshire Constabulary refused to take part in the survey.

Forces with officers suspended or charged are:

Avon and Somerset - four officers charged with perverting the course of justice
Bedfordshire - one officer suspended
Cleveland - eight suspended, including Det Spt Ray Mallon who advocates Zero Tolerance
City of London - two suspended for allegedly perverting the course of justice
Durham - three suspended over theft allegations
Essex - one suspended for alleged theft
Gwent - one superintendent suspended over alleged expenses fraud
Hertfordshire - one suspended for allegedly selling information to a journalist
Kent - two charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice
Lancashire - one charged over payment of rewards to Crimestoppers
Leicestershire - one suspended
Merseyside - three suspended and one detective chief inspector charged with corruption
Metropolitan Police - 51 suspended
Northumbria - one suspended
North Yorkshire - one suspended
Nottinghamshire - one suspended
South Yorkshire - 11 suspended over allegations surrounding compensation for guns handed in after a firearms ban
Warwickshire - one suspended
West Midlands - seven suspended
West Yorkshire - three suspended over theft allegations and one charged with drug offences
West Mercia - one charged with misusing the national police computer

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