Inspector among four South Yorkshire Police officers sacked by force

South Yorkshire Police Headquarters on Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield
South Yorkshire Police Headquarters on Carbrook Hall Road, Sheffield

Four South Yorkshire Police officers including an inspector were sacked in the last 12 months following internal investigations.

The force’s Professional Standards Department report for 2014 revealed four officers had been dismissed, with one getting a final written warning and one resigning/retiring prior to a disciplinary hearing.

A Freedom of Information request under The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign has found those sacked were an inspector, two police constables and a special constable.

One PC lost his job for ‘discreditable conduct’, with the three others dismissed for issues relating to ‘honesty and integrity’.

The PC who left the force by resigning or retiring was also facing a complaint relating to an honesty and integrity issue, while the constable who was given a final written warning did so in relation to a ‘confidentiality’ matter.

Three of the officers involved were based in Sheffield, one in Barnsley, one in Rotherham and one at the force’s Operational Support Services.

The action follows investigations by the Professional Standards Department, which investigates potential misconduct matters after complaints from the public or internal inquiries.

The number of departures was an increase on 2013, when one person was dismissed, two resigned or retired and one officer got a final written warning.

The details come after it was confirmed last month that complaints against South Yorkshire Police went up by 44 per cent last year.

Between April 2014 and March 2015 there were 660 official complaints lodged against the force, compared to 459 the year before.

The force suggested the increase was linked to complaints relating to the Rotherham grooming scandal and the Hillsborough disaster.

A force spokesman said the amount of complaints made about officers from the public in South Yorkshire is below the national average.

A spokesman said: “We are committed to carrying out thorough investigations wherever a member of the public feels the service they have received fell short of what they, and the force, would expect.

“This is reflected in the fact that just 20 per cent of our IPPC appeals are upheld, compared to 40 per cent nationally.

“We believe this demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the investigations we conduct as a result of a public complaint are taken very seriously and dealt with thoroughly.

“Police officers and staff are rightly held to a higher set of standards by the public, who justifiably expect a good level of service. Those who fall short of those standards will be dealt with appropriately.”