Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Guilty? But I am a police officer.

If you have ever wanted to know where all the speed cameras are on the roads in Cornwall, you can find out by clicking here.

Many people are under the misconception that speed cameras are ‘police cameras’, but the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary are just one of a number of partner groups who are behind the speed camera initiative in Cornwall.

Further, as you will be able to see from this document, simply knowing where the speed cameras are doesn’t make it possible to avoid speeding charges being brought against you. Devon and Cornwall police officers also get caught and charged with speeding offences, but two offences in 6 years don’t seem to be that high.

What is a little shocking however is the number of serious offences that police officers have been convicted of and these offences are only the ones that Devon and Cornwall Constabulary have chosen to disclose!

There are also two other points in this document that are also important to note.

The first is that if we take the figures from 2001 to 2006 only, because the majority of offences for 2007 are ‘pending’, of 20 recorded offences only 11 of them resulted in a verdict of guilty.

The second point is that offences committed by Devon and Cornwall police officers seem to be increasing.

Is this a consequence of police officers realising that even if they are arrested for an offence there is a 50/50 chance that they will get let off?

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