Dozens of Sussex police officers have been sacked in five years


DOZENS of officers have been sacked from Sussex Police in the past five years, new figures show.

Home Office data shows that 29 officers have been fired from the force since April 2017 — including 10 in the year to March.

The figures relate to officers who have been fired, forced to resign or had their contracts terminated, including those asked to leave the force for misconduct.

Across England and Wales, 192 officers were sacked in 2021/22, up from 179 the year before.

While firings aren’t always due to misconduct, the behavior of police officers following the murder of Sarah Everard has been examined more closely by serving Met officer Wayne Couzens, who will never be released from prison after losing an appeal against his life sentence last week.

Data from the College of Policing, a professional body, shows 257 officers across the country were “banned” in the year to March 2021 – the latest figures – including five in Sussex.

This means that they can no longer serve in the police force as they have been guilty of grossly guilty behavior during their time as police officers.

The number of officers added to the list outstrips the number of layoffs, as many instead choose to step down or retire — 118 did so nationwide in 2021.

The National Police Chiefs Council, a staff body for police chiefs, said a “tiny minority” of police officers is undermining public confidence in policing.

A spokesman said: “When officers fail to meet expected standards of behavior they will be dealt with head-on and this could result in their losing their jobs or, in the worst cases, a criminal conviction.

“Everyone in policing needs to contribute to an inclusive, professional and ethical culture.

“By shining a light, more wrongdoings will be uncovered, more officers will be sanctioned, left the service, or even be charged and convicted of crimes.”

The police are also struggling with increased layoffs, as the figures from the Ministry of the Interior show.

The number of officers leaving the force has reached an all-time high across England and Wales, partly due to a surge in voluntary resignations.

In the year to March, 3,653 officers resigned, a significant increase from 2,154 the year before, including 106 in Sussex.

Despite this, the number of police officers nationwide has seen a net increase, with new recruits being added as part of the government’s pledge of 20,000 new officers by 2023.

dr Sarah Charman, a professor of criminology at the University of Portsmouth, said retention should be a “priority” for police departments.

“Retiring officers speak of their love for their work and their colleagues – police forces need to consider how they can better value that commitment.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “The public trusts and expects the police to carry out their duties to the highest professional standards.

“Dedicated and decent police officers are the majority, but the minority who fail to meet the standards expected of them must be treated robustly and fairly.”

Sussex Police have been asked for comment. Dozens of Sussex police officers have been sacked in five years

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