The Press Association sent freedom of information requests to every police force in the UK asking how many police officers and PCSOs had been convicted of criminal offences since 2012 and the total number of serving officers with criminal convictions.
Cheshire police said eight officers had been convicted:
- A male detective constable was convicted of possession of a class A drug and misconduct in public office in December 2012.
- A male police constable was cautioned for misconduct in public office for “sexual activity” in 2013, while another was cautioned for forging a prescription in 2014.
- Also in 2014, a female detective constable was given a restraining order and fined for harassment for sending threatening text messages, a male detective constable was cautioned for a public order offence after getting involved in a fracas, a male PC was convicted of criminal damage and another PC was convicted of shoplifting.
- In 2015, a male Pc was convicted of misconduct in public office for “sexual advances”.
The force said 21 serving officers and PCSOs have convictions.
The Press Association did not receive a response from Cumbria Constabulary.
Greater Manchester Police said 12 police officers and five PCSOs have been convicted of criminal offences since 2012.
- A male sergeant was convicted of misconduct in public office, a male inspector was convicted of fraud and a male Pc was convicted of possession of class B drugs.
- Other offences included perjury, theft, harassment, possession of offensive weapons, perverting the course of justice and driving offences.
GMP refused to disclose the names of the officers convicted of offence because it would breach the principles of the Data Protection Act.
Five police officers and five PCSOs currently serving with the force have criminal convictions.
The Press Association did not receive a response from Lancashire Police.
Merseyside Police said it needed more time to respond to the request.