Thursday 19 April 2018

Pc suspended over 'camera misuse'

A police officer has been suspended pending a probe into alleged misuse of force helicopter cameras
A police officer has been suspended pending a probe into alleged misuse of force helicopter cameras

A police officer has been suspended and is facing an investigation after he allegedly misused sophisticated cameras in his force helicopter.

According to The Sun, the Pc took home recordings taken from the South Yorkshire Police helicopter of people engaged in sexual activities at so-called dogging sites.

Today, South Yorkshire Police confirmed that an officer has been suspended a year ago and faces a hearing later this month in relation to "unauthorised use of force visual recording equipment".

In a statement, the force said: " A South Yorkshire Police officer has been suspended following an allegation relating to unauthorised use of force visual recording equipment.

"The Pc, based in Operational Support Services, was suspended from his post on Friday 5 December 2014 while the allegation was investigated."

A spokesman said the alleged incident is believed to have taken place in 2008.

A gross misconduct investigation was carried out by the force's Professional Standards Department and this found that there was a case to answer.

The statement said: " The helicopter was being used at the time of the alleged incident for a legitimate policing purpose and was being used to assist with operational policing.

"The officer was interviewed around an alleged breach of standards of professional behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct. A search was carried out at the officer's address, with his consent, and no disc has been recovered."

The spokeswoman said that the pilot, who is employed by the National Police Air Service (NPAS), has also been investigated but no misconduct was identified.

"This report will be referred to NPAS for their consideration," she said.

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