Former Dorset Police officer admits fraud offences

A former Dorset Police officer appeared in court today, Monday 22 February 2016, and pleaded guilty to a number of fraud offences.

Former Police Constable Stephen Shires, 34 and of Bournemouth, admitted 11 counts of fraud by misrepresentation during the hearing at Southampton Crown Court.

He was handed a 12-month suspended prison sentence, 150 hours unpaid work and informed a Proceeds of Crime Act application would be made against him.

The court heard that in July 2015 Dorset Police launched an internal investigation after it was identified that three Dorset Police fuel cards had been used fraudulently on 59 occasions, totalling more than £3,000 worth of fuel.

In interview Shires admitted to using the fuel cards to fill up his personal vehicle with petrol on multiple occasions between 27 October 2010 and 19 July 2015.

Shires, who was a serving officer at the time, was suspended from duty as a result of the investigation. A misconduct hearing took place on Tuesday 1 December 2015 and Shires was dismissed from the Force with immediate effect.

After delivering her verdict at the misconduct hearing, Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “The public quite rightly expect that honesty and integrity are core values that are upheld and demonstrated by officers within the police service.”

Superintendent Pete Windle, head of Dorset Police 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.”

ISSUED: 22 February 2016

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