After rummaging through official records, a former special constable was barred from policing.

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After rummaging through official records, a former special constable was barred from policing.

After being found snooping on police computers, a former special constable has been barred from policing.

Alex Edwards was found to have violated professional standards by gaining access to confidential information “out of curiosity.”

He would have been fired from Merseyside Police if he had remained been on the force after the conclusion of his misconduct hearing this week.

Concerns that the officer’s conduct put him in violation of official directives prompted police to begin an investigation into his activities. The officer’s collar number was 2262.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Edwards faced a disciplinary hearing at Eaton Road Police Station.

According to the conclusion of the hearing, which was published on Merseyside Police’s website: “Former Special Constable 2262 Edwards was found to have engaged in gross misconduct by violating professional standards such as honesty and integrity, orders and instructions, confidentiality, and discreditable conduct.

“The officer was found to have accessed confidential material via force systems for his own curiosity rather than for policing purposes, bringing the police service into discredit.

“If he had been a serving officer, he would have been fired, and he has been placed on the College of Policing’s Barred List.”

“The highest standards of professionalism and integrity are expected from our officers and staff, and when those standards are not met, we will always thoroughly investigate,” said Chief Superintendent Peter Costello, head of Merseyside Police’s professional standards department, following the hearing.

“All usage of confidential force systems is continuously monitored, and accessing information for reasons of curiosity or criminal intent will always result in such severe consequences.

“Merseyside Police is immensely proud of its staff, the great majority of whom perform an outstanding job and uphold the high standards expected of them on a daily basis, but a small minority do not, and we cannot afford to have people working for us who do not strive to meet these expectations.

“Our communities have a right to expect and receive the highest level of commitment and professionalism from the police, and any failure to fulfill these expectations can undermine public confidence and faith in the police.”

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