Officers held for alleged misconduct

Sat, Jul 28, 2012, 01:00

Two police officers have been arrested and suspended from duty and five others reprimanded over alleged serious misconduct.

An investigation was launched by the PSNI into claims surrounding a small team of officers based at Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

Assistant chief constable George Hamilton confirmed two officers were arrested and released on bail.

They were also suspended from duty following an investigation by the PSNI’s service improvement department.

Another five officers have been repositioned within the service as part of the investigation, which is ongoing.

“Our priority will remain the delivery of a high quality personal, professional and protective police service for the community of Cookstown and the wider community of Northern Ireland,” said Mr Hamilton.

“The police service expects its staff to behave professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times.

“Any conduct, whether on or off duty, which brings or is likely to bring discredit on the police service will be investigated in order to establish whether or not a breach of the code of ethics has occurred.

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