Chief welcomes sentence for corrupt officers
THE Chief Constable of West Midlands Police has welcomed prison sentences for two corrupt police officers jailed this week for plotting to steal and sell drugs.
David Thompson welcomed sentences for former constables Wahid Husman and Tahsib Majid who used their positions to access confidential police intelligence systems to carry out the offences. Both men, he said, were “in the wrong institution and are now in the right one”.
The pair were caught when the force’s own Counter Corruption Unit, together with specialists from the National Crime Agency discovered their plans and mounted catch them.
Husman, 47, was jailed for 16 years after pleading guilty to drug offences, conspiracy to steal, and misconduct in a public office. Majid, 35, received a 15-year jail term after being convicted by a jury of misconduct in a public office, conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to supply and unlawful disclosure of an operation to personal data. Five other men – Imran Rehman, Asam Qayum, Shazad Mushtaq, Akeem Rasab and Imaan Haidri – were also jailed after they also admitted to a number of offences in connection with the investigation.
Chief Constable Thompson said: “There is quite rightly a very robust process in place to identify this sort of corruption.
“The sentences are substantial and they have already been sacked. But I think it’s worth mentioning again the absolute intolerance we have for this type of behaviour. There was some excellent work done in this case by the anti-corruption unit and the National Crime Agency. “They were in the wrong institution and they are now in the right one.” Birmingham Crown Court previously heard how both police officers were based in Birmingham and used their roles to steal quantities of Class A and B drugs. Husman accessed police computer systems to feed information to a number of criminal associates while Majid committed a Data Protection offence on behalf of an associate.
> Chief Constable David Thompson
> Wahid Husman, aged 47, left,