According to the PSNI, a further five police officers have been ” repositioned ” within the service as part of this investigation which is currently ongoing “. The arrests came about following an investigation by the PSNI’s Service Improvement Department into alleged serious misconduct within a team of officers based in Cookstown, Co Tyrone. The two officers arrested have been released on bail.
Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton said the PSNI expected its staff to ” behave professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times “. ” Any conduct, whether on or off duty, which brings or is likely to bring discredit on the police service will be investigated in order to establish whether or not a breach of the code of ethics has occurred,” he said. ” A breach of the code may result in a criminal or disciplinary investigation by the office of the ombudsman or the police service and, consistent with the seriousness of an allegation, an officer may be suspended or repositioned pending the outcome both a criminal and misconduct investigation.” Ulster Unionist assembly member Sandra Overend said she had received ” categorical guarantees that the safety of the public has not been jeopardised in any way “. ” Cookstown has been the area with the highest crime clearance rate of anywhere in the North of Ireland,” she said. ” I am also assured that the rest of the personnel based at Cookstown station have sufficient support to carry out their daily work. ” All the neighbour community team remain totally in place and the community can continue to contact their local neighbour office should they require any assistance.
WITH MANY THANKS TO : MARIE LOUISE McCRORY, IRISH NEWS.
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