July 3rd, 2012


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A case out today with the result of a complaint against Fife Police in which a man had £600 confiscated from his address by police investigating an offence. After the investgation it was decided that the money should be returned to the man, although he was convicted of an offence.

Which was all well and good until Fife Police discovered that the cash had been stolen, from the police safe, by one of their officers. A detective not involved in the case resigned from the force and was subsequently convicted of theft.

The victim of the theft, put a poster up in his window saying that a police officer had stolen his money, he alleges he was visited 11 times by local police asking him to take the poster down. He made a complaint to the IPCC. The cash was later paid to him from police funds and he received an apology.

It’s not the details of the¬†complaint¬†which caught my eye when doing my daily trawl of police news, but the fact that it never ceases to amaze me what stupidity some officers will go to, to risk their jobs and possible freedom. It seems complete madness to nick ¬£600 and risk ¬£30,000 a year and a possible prison sentence, yet certain officers have nicked much less.

It does make you wonder.

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  1. Bof says:

    Yep; I know of one who lost his job for a ¬£20 M&S voucher he pocketed at a burglary he was reporting. The victim knew it was him because she’d put it there 5 mins before calling police.

    July 4th, 2012 at 03:14

  2. Baz says:

    We do have a habit of shitting on our own door step.

    July 4th, 2012 at 07:12

  3. Batts says:

    Incredibly stupid and another embarrasment we all have to cope when when faced with the public. I can’t help but Wonder why he did it? Was it because of everything that is happening economically he really needed the cash?

    July 4th, 2012 at 07:33

  4. Betty Swollox says:

    I often find the Google search term ‘police+officer+sacked’ is a mild source of entertainment from time to time.

    July 4th, 2012 at 18:34

  5. Civ_In_The_City says:

    It`s a question of integrity, something that can`t be bought (in both senses of the word).

    If you`re doing a job because you`re paid to do that job, by definition you`re not being paid to do anything else. Like give a shit. Especially on minimum wage and especially when your employer has another bloody rule for every little thing.

    On the other hand, if you`re doing a job because it is a calling, a vocation, a service in which you are respected as a pillar of society, trusted to use your experience, expertise and discretion in the execution of your duties, willing to put yourself in danger to save the life of another, willing to work all hours, in all weather, to go the extra mile…

    Then you`re a postman.

    Ha, only joking.

    It`s what coppers were/are pre-Winsor.

    Post-Winsor? Post-G4S?

    Better join the army.

    July 4th, 2012 at 20:44

  6. Gary says:

    Many, many times in the past the opportunity for petty theft was available to me but I never took it and neither do 99.9999% of officers. Why? For me it was simply that nothing was worth the small sums involved, however if I had come across several million stuffed in a suitcase I suspect I would have arranged for the wife to have deposited it as found property in some distant location!

    July 4th, 2012 at 21:34

  7. Oi says:

    I was employed to catch thieves and place them before the court.
    A thieving copper fills me with disgusts. They deserve every hard moment in prison. [no pun intended]

    July 5th, 2012 at 01:07

  8. a says:

    I know one who had a hotel for £45 but sent in an expenses claim for £50, pocketing the huge sum of £5. Quite rightly sacked and claim for pension forfeiture submitted to the Home Sec.

    Must be pretty desperate to risk you and your families life for £5.

    July 6th, 2012 at 11:26

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