|'Standards high' despite police records
||[Sep. 29th, 2008|10:35 am]
According to the Sydney Morning Herald
September 29, 2008 - 10:04AM
NSW Police say high standards are being maintained and the state's officers are more highly scrutinised than any other public servants, despite documents showing more than 130 serving officers have criminal records.
Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws show 133 serving NSW Police officers have criminal convictions, for offences including bashings, fraud and high-level drink driving offences, News Ltd reports Monday.
NSW opposition police spokesman Mike Gallacher, a former policeman, said it was unacceptable so many officers had criminal records.
"In this job it's not like any area of the public sector, unlike what the government is saying," he told Macquarie Radio Monday.
"Because you cannot have police officers giving evidence in court and being asked by a defence lawyer what it was like when they were charged with a criminal record."
Serious traffic-related matters dominate the offences in the list obtained under FoI, including 25 high-range and 47 mid-range drink drive crimes.
There are two cases of grievous bodily harm and eight of negligent or culpable driving.
There are 10 assaults - including several occasioning actual bodily harm - three officers convicted of fraud or making a false instrument, and three of offensive conduct.
Two officers were convicted of unauthorised access to the police COPS computer system.
However, Mr Kaldas said 50 officers had been convicted more than 10 years ago, but unlike other members of the community, the offences were still part of their record.
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