Two Officers Jailed for Theft
Thursday 8th November 2012
Two police officers have been jailed after being found guilty of theft and handling stolen goods.
PC Ian Scouler, aged 46, and PC Kenneth Potter, aged 30, were part of the Disruption Unit at Plumstead Police Station, Greenwich.
In 2010 and 2011 police received several complaints from the public about the theft of money and property in cases handled by the unit - where people or protperties were searched.
An investigation was launched by the Directorate of Professional Standards Anti Corruption Command, which put CCTV cameras at an address due to be searched by the team.
PC Scouler stole £400 and PC Potter stole £4.00 in cash from the property.
The investigation also discovered that in August 2010 PC Potter was using a mobile phone that had been stolen from an address that the pair had searched.
They were both arrested on the 12 October 2011 and suspended from duty.
PC Scouler has been found guilty of theft and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, while PC Kenneth Potter pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to one count of theft and one count of handling stolen goods.
He received a five month sentence.
On sentencing both officers His Honour Judge Gledhill said:
"One of the fundamental principles of a democratic society is a police service that upholds the rule of law. Its strength comes from officers being recruited from the public for the benefit of the public. The trust that society place in their police officers is vitally important to everyone. When that trust is broken by rogue officers as you became, public confidence is eroded, it makes the job of honest officers far more difficult and it seriously undermines society.
"The pair of you were or are bad apples who have tarnished the reputation of the Metropolitan Police and the thousands of officers who do their job honestly on behalf of the public they serve."
PC Potter formally resigned in June 2012 while PC Scouler remained suspended up to his trial.
PC Scouler will now face a formal misconduct panel.