Hundreds of police officers from across the UK have been convicted of offences in the last three years including sex crimes, assaults and possessing indecent images of children, new figures have shown.
The Press Association sent freedom of information requests to every police force in the UK asking how many police officers and PCSOs had been convicted of criminal offences since 2012 and the total number of serving officers with criminal convictions.
Forces revealed 309 police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) were convicted of offences from 2012 to June this year.
But the number of convicted officers is thought to be much higher, as only 25 out of 45 forces provided figures following an investigation by the Press Association.
Currently at least 295 police officers and PCSOs with convictions are serving with the police, according to separate figures from 18 forces.
Most forces refused to reveal how many of their officers had previous convictions because of the cost of retrieving the information.
Police also refused to disclose the names of the officers involved in crimes, arguing that identifying them would breach data protection laws.