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Latest figures show almost 400 added to barred list in 12 months

The College of Policing’s annual figures cover the period from April 1 2022 and March 31 2023.

The number of officers placed on the barred list increased by a third in the 12 months to March 31 compared with the previous year.

394 officers, excluding members of the Special Constabulary, were placed on the list between April 1 2022 and March 31 2023 where the previous year had seen 299 officers barred from working in the service again.

Of the 394 officers, the vast majority, 342 were PCs while 36 sergeants and two chief superintendents were also among the figures.

Several officers had committed numerous breaches with 523 reasons being recorded across the relevant officers.

There were 75 instances of dishonesty, 51 instances of sexual offences or misconduct and 41 instances of discriminatory behaviour.

The barred list does not cover non-Home Office forces.

Hampshire was the only force to have no officers put on the barred list across the time period, while since December 2017 City of London has had the lowest number, 4, followed by Cumbria and Durham at 7.

Since its introduction through legislation in December 2017, replacing the previous disapproved register, a total of 1,505 officers have been placed on the barred list. `

Chief Superintendent Andy Walker, from the College of Policing, said: “We have strengthened vetting; set high standards in recruitment; and continue to clamp down on unacceptable conduct so that the public can have confidence in the many hard-working, dedicated officers who come to work to keep them safe.”

170 police staff and 34 officers from the Special Constabulary were also dismissed across the same annual period.

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