Pensions of Met Police officers guilty of criminal offences

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3686
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Thank you for your response to my question 2015/2697. How many of these officers were subsequently found guilty of criminal offences and how many had their pension withdrawn? Can you provide a breakdown of these figures by year from 2012 - 2015? Please could you provide an annual estimated cost of those pensions granted to this group of officers?

Answer

Answer for Pensions of Met Police officers guilty of criminal offences

Answer for Pensions of Met Police officers guilty of criminal offences

Answered By: 
The Mayor

56 officers were found guilty of criminal offences:

Charge Category

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total

Death by Reckless Driving

1

1

Disqualified

1

1

Drink Drive

7

7

3

17

Fail to Stop after an accident

1

1

No Driving Licence

1

1

No Insurance

1

1

Speeding

1

1

Without Due Care and Attention

2

3

5

Violence against Person

5

4

2

11

Sexual Offences

1

2

1

4

Theft

1

1

2

Criminal Damage

1

1

Perjury

2

2

Corruption

1

1

Drugs

1

1

Other

1

1

3

1

6

Total

19

19

16

2

56

The pension forfeiture procedures are governed by the Home Office circular 018/2009 which sets out the factors to be considered when making an application for a certificate of forfeiture.  Pension forfeiture can only apply in cases where a police officer has been convicted of an offence in connection with his/her service as a member of a police service. 

When assessing cases for forfeiture greater weight is attached to those cases that are liable to lead to serious loss of confidence in the police service.  The seriousness with which the Court viewed the offence (as demonstrated by the punishment imposed and the sentencing remarks) is one of the factors taken into account. Convictions which lead to a non-custodial sentence are unlikely to be subject to pension forfieture.

Two officers officers that resigned in 2012 were considered for pension forfieture. Details of outcome is shown below:

Year

Pension forfeited

Not pursued

Forfeiture applied on compendia

2014

Y             

DMPCD 2014 -11

2015

Y

None applied