Greater Manchester Police Officer Jailed

On Friday 7 February 2014, Robert Carroll (born 07/05/1973), of the Holmfirth area, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square to 14 months in prison.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of theft (in relation to the theft of a police baton and CS Gas spray) and misconduct in public office.

Jermaine White (born 07/10/1988) of Gibson Street, Huddersfield pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. At an earlier hearing, he pleaded guilty to possession of a section 5 (1b) prohibited article (CS gas spray) and possession of a Class B controlled drug.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

On 3 May 2012, a drugs warrant was executed at Carroll’s home address by officers from GMP’s Counter Corruption Unit.

No drugs were found but his mobile telephone was seized.

Carroll returned to work on 16 July 2012, and was placed on restricted duties.

Examination of his mobile phone revealed evidence of his drug use and further examination of his billing showed a high amount of contact to an unregistered telephone number, later attributed to Jermaine White.

In what was a seemingly unconnected investigation at the time, West Yorkshire Police executed a warrant on 2 July 2012, at White’s home in Huddersfield. During the search 17 small cannabis plants were seized along with a CS canister and a police baton.

The CS canister which is a prohibited weapon had been issued to a GMP officer in 2002 and the police baton had been issued to Carroll by GMP in 2009.

On 28 July 2012, Carroll took a police car without consent and drove it to Huddersfield to meet up with White in an attempt to buy heroin. He had not sought authority to leave work or to use a police vehicle.

He returned to work and a short time later he left again this time driving his own car and drove again to Huddersfield to meet up with White.

On 30 August 2012, further drugs warrants were executed by the Counter Corruption Unit at both White and Carroll’s addresses.

Carroll was arrested and subsequently placed police bail and suspended from duty.

19 packages of crack cocaine and five paper packages containing heroin were seized at White’s house along with over £500 in cash.

He was not present but handed himself in a few days later.

Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley said: “Whatever personal mitigation Carroll may have, it is not an excuse for such a wanton abuse of his position as a police officer.

“When someone becomes a police officer, they take an oath to protect the public and quite clearly, Carroll failed in that public duty.

“Carroll’s drug addiction significantly clouded his judgement, so much so that he passed a prohibited weapon to a drug dealer in exchange for drugs.

“He also seriously neglected his duties as a police officer leaving the station while on duty and the force area so he could attempt to buy drugs from Jermaine White.

“That is not the sort of behaviour the public, or Greater Manchester Police, expects from a serving officer and as a result, not only has he now been convicted of a number of serious offences, but he has lost his reputation and the respect of his colleagues.

“Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch is here to protect the public. The branch has a crucial role to play in ensuring that officers and staff uphold the very highest standards of behaviour and when there is evidence of criminality or misconduct, we will take action.

“We must always remember that we police with the consent of the public, so I want to both warn officers and staff, and reassure our communities, that if we uncover any evidence of any GMP employees engaging in criminal activities or committing misconduct, that we will carry out a thorough investigation and regardless of rank or position, we will pursue these matters through the courts.”