Revelations made on convictions

DERBYSHIRE police employs 15 officers or community support officers with a criminal record, according to a Freedom of Information request.

Figures show that 944 officers working in England and Wales have previous convictions, including burglary, causing death by careless driving, robbery, supplying drugs, domestic violence, forgery and perverting the course of justice.

Neighbouring force Nottinghamshire has eight, Leicestershire six and Staffordshire 24. Derbyshire police employs a total of 2,021 police officers and 176 PCSOs. Deputy Chief Constable Alan Goodwin said: “We have a strict vetting procedure which takes into account any previous convictions. We follow the Home Office guidelines which ensure the offences are of a minor nature and there is no suggestion of any repeat behaviour.”

The figures were released by 33 of the 43 forces in England and Wales after a Freedom of Information request.