PCSO jAilED for Cor­rup­tion

Court: Of­fi­cer gave in­for­ma­tion to known crim­i­nal

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734

A cor­rupt for­mer Peter­bor­ough PCSO has been jailed for five years after be­ing found guilty of pass­ing in­for­ma­tion to a known crim­i­nal. Gur­pal Shehri, (28), of Glin­ton Road, Milk­ing Nook, Peter­bor­ough, was con­victed on Tues­day, fol­low­ing a trial at St Al­ban’s Crown Court. He de­nied one count of mis­con­ductin apub­lic of­fice, but was con­victed after the jury took six-and-a-half hours to reach a ma­jor­ity ver­dict of 11 to 1.

They de­cided Shehri had dis­closed in­for­ma­tion from po­lice sys­tems to a known crim­i­nal be­tween April 1 and July 9, 2013.

He had al­ready pleaded guilty to fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion, re­lat­ing to his fail­ure to dis­close a cau­tion dur­ing his ap­pli­ca­tion to join the con­stab­u­lary be­tween Septem­ber 2008 and May 2009.

How­ever, the judge treated this con­vic­tion as anag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor and­did­not­hand down a sep­a­rate sen­tence.

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Alan Bald­win said checks were car­ried out on Shehri when he was re­cruited.

He said: “We take this type of of­fence very se­ri­ously and a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion was car­ried­outas­soonas­in­for­ma­tion was re­ceived to sug­gest there was wrong­do­ing.

“Full re­cruit­ment checks were car­ried out when he joined the force in April 2009. This came­back­clear­be­cause, when cau­tioned for the pre­vi­ous of­fence in Le­ices­ter­shire, he had pro­vided his brother’s date of birth.

“He also signed a dec­la­ra­tion that he had never been cau­tioned or con­victed of any of­fence when he joined.”

Shehri was sus­pended on July 16, 2013, the day of his ar­rest. He at­tended a dis­ci­plinary meet­ing on Au­gust 23, 2013, and was dis­missed with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

Gur­pal Shehri

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