Commissioner of Police and chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission David Baines said he was pleased to see the first anti-corruption conviction in Grand Court.
RCIPS civilian staff member Patricia Monique Webster, 31, was given a suspended sentence last week after pleading guilty in March to two counts of misconduct in public office, involving searching the confidential police database and soliciting information from the immigration database.
The commissioner noted: “Much has been said in the media of late about corruption in high levels – this case proves that corruption can take place at any level within our society. I would urge anyone who has information about corrupt practices to come forward and contact us.”
He warned anyone tempted to misuse their position to “take the news of this conviction very seriously, because there is little doubt that this is the first of many to come”.
A press release from the police public relations officer indicated that Webster has been on required leave since September 2011. Steps are now being taken, in line with agreed Public Service Management Law policies, to terminate her employment with the RCIPS. She will remain on required leave until this process is completed.