A lying police officer ‘betrayed’ the trust of his colleagues – after pretending he had attended a London Pride march.
Darren Oakey had been due to attend a London Pride pre-event and the London Pride march as Staffordshire Police’s representative.
The 51-year-old later filed mileage claims for the two events and submitted four photographs from the march.
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But lying Oakey never attended either event – and did not take the pictures he submitted to the force.
Now the defendant – who resigned from the force in 2018 – is due to be sentenced later this year after being convicted of charges of fraud, perverting the course of public justice, and a Data Protection Act offence.
An investigation by Staffordshire Police’s anti-corruption unit found that Oakey, of Sayers Road, Stafford, had dishonestly claimed the mileage on July 1, 2016.
He then perverted the course of public justice in May, 2017 by submitting four photographs to officers investigating his conduct which he had wrongly claimed to have taken personally at London Pride.
It emerged that Oakey had also ‘obtained or disclosed’ personal data without consent between May, 2013 and August, 2015. The inspector was suspended in January, 2018.
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Chief Constable Emma Barnett said: “Darren Oakey was working in a position of trust. He betrayed that trust and let down his colleagues and the police service.
“His suspension and prosecution reinforces the fact that Staffordshire Police are committed to the highest levels of ethical policing and integrity.
“We take offences such as this incredibly seriously and once his offending came to light he was quickly suspended from duty and his access to any information systems removed.
“Any staff member of Staffordshire Police suspected of a criminal offence will be thoroughly investigated.”
Oakey is due to be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on November 19.