Officers with criminal records

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SOUTH Yorkshire Police has 35 serving officers and PCSOs with criminal records.

The force released the figures under the Freedom of Information Act. Nationally there are at least 944 serving bobbies and police community support officers (PCSOs) with convictions, according to figures from 33 of the 43 forces.

The Metropolitan Police, Britain’s largest force, came top with 356 officers and 41 PCSOs with convictions.

It was followed by Kent Police, with 49 members of staff with criminal records, Devon and Cornwall Police with 44, Essex Police with 42 and South Yorkshire with 35.

Most of the convictions are for traffic offences, including speeding and drink-driving, but the records also reveal one South Yorkshire officer was convicted of fishing without a rod licence.