MORE than a dozen officers have been fired from West Mercia Police in the past five years, according to new figures.
Home Office data shows 13 officers have been removed since April 2017, including six in the year ending March.
The figures refer to officers who have been fired, forced to resign or had their contracts terminated – including those who have been asked to leave the force due to misconduct.
In England and Wales, 192 officers were sacked in 2021-22, up from 179 the previous year.
Although dismissals are not always due to misconduct, police conduct has come under greater scrutiny following the murder of Sarah Everard by Met Officer Wayne Couzens, who will not be never released from prison after losing a lifelong appeal. sentence last week.
Data from the College of Policing, a professional body, shows that nationwide, 257 officers were placed on the ‘banned list’ in the year to March 2021 – the latest figures – including two at West Mercia.
This means that they can no longer serve in the police, having committed serious misconduct while in the force.
The number of officers added to the list is greater than the number fired, as many choose to resign or retire instead – 118 did so nationwide in 2021.
The National Council of Chief Constables, a body of police chiefs’ staff, said a “tiny minority” of officers were undermining public trust in the police.
A spokesperson said: “When officers fail to meet expected standards of behavior, they will be dealt with directly, which could result in the loss of their job or, in the most serious cases, a criminal conviction.
“All members of the police must contribute to an inclusive, professional and ethical culture.
“Because of the spotlight, more misconduct will be uncovered, more officers will be disciplined, discharged from service, or even charged and convicted of crimes.”
A Home Office spokesperson said: ‘The public trusts the police and expects them to carry out their duties to the highest professional standards.
“Dedicated and decent police officers are the majority, but the minority who fail to meet the standards expected of them must be dealt with firmly and fairly.”