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Last Updated: Friday, 6 June, 2003, 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK
Force sets up anti-corruption team
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Police sniffer dogs will be used by the anti-corruption team

A West Midlands police force has created a new anti-corruption team after an internal investigation saw two officers suspended and one cautioned over drugs allegations.

Warwickshire Police said the new unit was being set up after revealing that three officers had been suspended over alleged drug misuse in the past two months.

One 37-year-old police officer was cautioned for possession of a controlled drug in April, a 24-year-old colleague was suspended on allegations of drug misuse and a third police officer was also suspended on similar allegations.

Deputy Chief Constable Roger Aldridge said the cases were isolated and the intelligence development unit had not been set up in response to any increased criminality or corruption in the force.

'Criminal offences'

He said the force would offer all its staff help if they are open and honest about drug misuse.

But Mr Aldrige said: "If officers are going to misbehave and commit criminal offences, we are not backing away from that and we will deal with it thoroughly and professionally.

"We have put the team in action to do that work."

He added: "At the end of the day, if you are taking drugs, you must be buying them from people.

"You are therefore potentially putting yourself in a position of compromise. We have to be straight and say you are a police officer, you need to be more responsible about this and we are going to investigate this."

Warwickshire Police Federation say they support the initiative but there are reservations.

Pc Chris Edmond, of the federation, said: "The vast majority feel they have nothing to fear but there are those who feel it is an infringement both on their personal lives and their police work."




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"The police federation say they support the initiative but there are reservations"



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