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More police officers subjected to disciplinary action

Published söndag 1 maj 2011 kl 15.53

The number of police officers that have done things that have lead to disciplinary action has nearly doubled over a period of five years, the news agency TT report.

Last year seven officers committed crimes that meant they lost their jobs. Like the policeman who said he would delay a woman's extradition if she agreed to have sex with him.

Another 46 officers have either been given an official warning, or had deduction to their salary. They have for example kept their weapon incorrectly, used the police vehicle for private purposes, fired accidental shots or been drunk when they were on duty.

Five years earlier, there were also seven officers who got the sack, but only 25 were subjected to disciplinary action. 2009 saw a peak in disciplinary actions, when 70 police officers were reprimanded in one way or the other.

According to the police's disciplinary board, the increase reflects the fact that there are more police officers. But TT has spoken to several legal experts who claim that policemen and women do not take the crimes comitted by their colleagues seriously enough.

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