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Prosecution of Police Officers

24 May 2013

Freedom of Information Request: Prosecution of Police Officers

Thank you for your e-mail dated 14 March 2013 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information -

"In response to a previous FOI request (your reference R003915/DH/CH), I was informed that, "[COPFS] can identify cases on our electronic database from 2007 onwards where a complaint that alleges that a police officer has committed a crime when on-duty has resulted in a prosecution."

Could you please provide the total number of such prosecutions for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Could you please provide the outcome of these prosecutions."

It may assist to explain that Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) uses a live operational case management system, specifically designed to receive criminal and death reports from the police and other specialist reporting agencies and to manage the cases for prosecution purposes. The information held on the system is structured for these operational needs, rather than for statistical reporting or research purposes.

The information you have requested is set out in the table annexed, which shows the number of individuals prosecuted - showing the calendar year when the criminal case was received by COPFS. There is one case with 2 charges which was reported in 2012 which is still being investigated and no final prosecution decision has yet been made.

Table Annexed

Outcome

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Total officers prosecuted

13

14

10

18

24

19

Number of officers convicted

7

10

6

11

7

6

Number of officers where proceedings ongoing

-

-

-

-

3

11