Suffolk: Thirteen police officers earn nearly �169k while suspended from duty

THIRTEEN police officers were suspended from duty on full pay during the past three years, figures revealed today.

The suspensions from Suffolk police followed issues over honesty and integrity, confidentiality, equality and diversity, discreditable conduct and duties and responsibilities.

Between 2009 and 2012, six officers resigned, three were handed written warnings and two received management advice. Two cases are ongoing.

Suspended officers still receive full pay.

None of the 13 officers were suspended for more than a year.

The police constable serving the longest period of suspension did not work for 327 days and earned �36,060.

The total salary paid to the suspended officers was just under �169,000 while the suspension periods ranged from just under a month up to 327 days.

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Responding to the figures released under a Freedom of Information request, Suffolk police said it expects officers “to deliver the highest standards of personal and professional behaviour”.

“These standards reflect the expectations the public have of how officers should behave,” it added.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman added: “The constabulary takes any complaints against officers very seriously and all evidence is carefully and objectively reviewed by the Professional Standards Department both from a criminal and misconduct perspective.

“Where there is an indication that an officer may have committed a criminal act, evidence is presented to the Crown Prosecution Service to seek advice as to whether any further action would be appropriate.

“In cases of gross misconduct, and in cases where it is considered inappropriate for the employee(s) involved in misconduct to remain in their normal place of work, consideration will be given to precautionary suspension, or redeployment elsewhere.

“Any such suspension will be with full pay and does not indicate a presumption of guilt.

“Precautionary suspensions will last as long as required whilst a thorough investigation of the allegations takes place.”

Only one officer was suspended in 2009, one in 2010 and nine in 2011, while two suspensions for a police constable and a detective constable are currently ongoing.