Monday, 29 September 2008

Over 130 police have criminal convictions

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has defended his force, as new figures show 133 serving officers have criminal convictions.

Three senior constables and two detectives have kept their jobs despite more than one conviction.

It is reported that documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the officers have 166 offences between them.

Commissioner Scipione says most of those are traffic offences, although there are several assaults.

He says he dismissed some of the officers, but the Industrial Relations Commission ruled that they could keep their jobs.

"I lost confidence in them in the first instance," he said.

"But whilst I might not be to pleased at having to take them back, at the end of the day the commission is the commission and they have the authority to make sure I take them back."

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