No prosecutions for police corruption in Gwent despite 56 complaints
NO police officers in Wales have been prosecuted for police corruption over the last four years despite many complaints, according to a Welsh opposition party.
Plaid Cymru said Wales’ four forces including Gwent have revealed that none of their officers have ended up in court after internal inquiries found them culpable.
Gwent Police said it investigates all allegations thoroughly.
Gwent Police received 56 complaints between April 2008 and December of last year, which resulted in two being proven, according to information obtained by Plaid through the Freedom of Information Act.
The force took disciplinary action in two cases but did not prosecute. Three cases are classed as ongoing.
The number of allegations was dwarfed, however, by those at Dyfed-Powys police. The Mid and West Wales force recorded 141 allegations of irregularity in evidence or perjury, 80 allegations of improper disclosure over the period and 36 allegations of corrupt practice.
A total of 16 complaints were upheld but the force did not discipline the officers.
South Wales Police received 57 complaints, with one resulting in disciplinary action, while North Wales Police had 14 complaints.
Rhdori Glyn Thomas AM, Plaid's Assembly spokesperson on policing, said it was deeply concerning that no Welsh officers have been prosecuted after being found guilty of corrupt practice in the eyes of their employers.
“It is very important that the police are not placed above the law and immune from the consequences of any wrongdoing,” he said.
A Gwent Police spokesman said: "Gwent Police endeavours to provide the best possible service to the public, and as such we demand the highest standards from our officers and staff.
“When the force receives allegations of corruption, the nature and seriousness of the allegations will dictate whether it meets the criteria for a referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. This is set out in legislation and national guidance.
"Irrespective of whether there is a mandatory referral to the IPCC, all allegations are investigated thoroughly and impartially by the professional standards department.