Police officers dismissed in Gloucestershire Constabulary in recent years

SEVERAL police officers have faced dismissal from Gloucestershire Constabulary over the past five years, new figures show.

Data from the Home Office shows five officers have been dismissed from the force since April 2017 – including one in the year to March.

The figures refer to officers who were made redundant, have been made to resign, or have had their contracts terminated – including any asked to leave the force due to misconduct.

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

Data from the College of Policing, a professional body, shows nationally 257 officers were placed on the ‘barred list’ in the year to March 2021 – the latest figures – including two in Gloucestershire.

This means they can no longer serve in the police, having been found to have committed gross misconduct while in the force.

The National Police Chiefs Council, a staff body for police leaders, said a “tiny minority” of police officers undermine public trust and confidence in policing.

A spokesperson said: “Where officers don’t meet the expected standards of behaviour they will be dealt with directly, and this could result in them losing their jobs or in the most serious cases, a criminal conviction. Everyone in policing needs to contribute to an inclusive, professional, and ethical culture.

“As a result of shining a light, more misconduct will be discovered, more officers will be sanctioned.”

 A Home Office spokesperson said: “The public put their trust in the police and expect them to carry out their duties to the highest professional standards. Dedicated and decent police officers are the majority, but the minority who fall short of the standards expected of them must be dealt with robustly and fairly.”

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