Lincolnshire

No charges for suspended Lincolnshire Police officers

Two former Lincolnshire Police officers arrested and bailed for misconduct will not face criminal charges, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

The officers were arrested in August over allegations property was found in their possession, Lincolnshire Police's Supt Paula Wood said.

Both were suspended from duty, along with another officer and civilian member of staff.

All four members of Lincolnshire Police resigned during the investigation.

'Considerable costs'

Supt Wood, head of Lincolnshire Police's professional standards' department, said: "It is likely that had they not resigned, the investigation into professional misconduct would have continued and been brought to a discipline hearing.

"Their decision to resign has saved considerable costs in the continuation of the inquiry and their suspension on full pay until the conclusion of it and any subsequent discipline hearing.

"Although the CPS decision means no criminal charges will be brought, their resignations mean that the internal investigation into those officers has also been concluded," she said.

"The thoroughness of our investigation into these matters sends a message to the public and everyone employed by us that where it is felt the behaviour of any member of staff has fallen short of our expected high standards, we will not hesitate to take action," added Supt Wood.

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