Dorset

Officer used Dorset Police fuel card for own car

Petrol pump
Image caption Dorset Police said three cards were used fraudulently on 59 occasions over a five-year period

A former police officer who used Dorset Police fuel cards for his own car has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Stephen Shires, 34, used the charge cards between 2010 and 2015 while he was a police constable.

He admitted 11 counts of fraud by misrepresentation and was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years.

Shires, who was dismissed from his job in December, must also carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court.

'Professionalism and integrity'

Dorset Police launched an investigation after it found three cards had been used fraudulently on 59 occasions, totalling more than £3,000-worth of fuel.

The force said Shires, from Bournemouth, admitted in interview to using cards to fill his car with petrol between 27 October 2010 and 19 July 2015.

Supt Pete Windle, head of the force's professional standards department, said: "The prosecution of Stephen Shires reinforces the fact that Dorset Police expects the highest standards of professionalism and integrity from its staff.

"Any member of staff suspected of a criminal offence will be investigated and, where appropriate, the matter will be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.

"I would like to reassure the public that the force's anti-corruption unit will proactively and robustly investigate any member of staff suspected of being involved in criminal or corrupt behaviour."

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