Former officer jailed for perverting the course of justice
A former Sussex Police officer has been jailed for four months for lying to supervisors in an attempt to avoid prosecution and disciplinary measures.
The court heard that on June 25 and July 26 last year, Police Constable Simon Wright drove a marked police car through red traffic lights in Worthing “with blue lights activated as if responding to an emergency call, but in fact he was not and had no lawful purpose for doing so”.
When his supervising officers challenged him over the incidents, Wright lied to them.
He was investigated for gross misconduct on three counts of honesty and integrity and one of discreditable conduct but resigned from the force on November 16 last year.
However, he was still subject to a fast-track special case gross misconduct hearing at the force’s headquarters on November 28, which he did not attend.
Chaired by Chief Constable Giles York, the hearing determined that had he still been serving, he would have been dismissed from the force.
Wright, 59, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (February 5).
Detective Superintendent Steve Boniface, head of the force’s professional standards department, said: “Police officers must behave in a manner that does not discredit the police service or undermine public confidence, whether on or off duty.
“Simon Wright’s criminal disregard for the law is clearly completely out of keeping with the role that others uphold with pride, integrity and with the trust of the public whom they serve.
“It is important to show that the force will fairly investigate its own staff, and this highlights our determination not to allow the name of Sussex Police to be tainted, nor bring into disrepute the enormous amount of good work carried out day-to-day by thousands of hard-working and enormously dedicated police officers and staff.”