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134 COPS PROBED ON CRIME; Inspectors, sergeants and constables all investigated over alleged offences.

Byline: MARK MCLAUGHLIN reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

POLICE Scotland investigated 134 of their own officers for alleged crimes and misconduct, the force's civilian watchdog said yesterday.

Sex crimes, stalking, theft, assault and data protection breaches were among the offences they have been accused of.

Three officers of the rank of inspector or above, 11 sergeants and 120 constables were under investigation in the three months to September.

In total, 142 people were placed on restricted duties pending investigation in the quarter, down from 163 on the previous three months to June.

Two special constables and six members of police staff were also investigated.

Six police officers were under investigation for alleged sex crimes, two more than in the previous quarter, the Scottish Police Authority's complaints and conduct committee heard. Another 28 were accused of assault, a fall of seven.

A further 22 officers were being investigated under the Criminal Justice and Licensing Act, 13 for perverting the course of justice, eight for discreditable conduct, six for neglect of duty and six for theft.

Data protection breaches were the most common cause of complaint, with 56 officers under investigation.

The SPA committee met in Glasgow a day after watchdogs found Police Scotland had accessed data without proper consent five times since March while trying to uncover a journalist's sources.

The report also stated that eight officers resigned while under investigation during the quarter and one officer was dismissed.

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