Police crime rate massively low

Stuff reports:

officers were convicted of 52 offences over the past three years after they committed crimes ranging from speeding to drug-dealing and corruption.

Figures released by police under the Official Information Act reveal 11 sworn officers were convicted on 13 charges last year. There were 19 convictions recorded in 2014 and 20 in 2013.

The ideal number is of course zero, but is 13 convictions a year a high level or a low level? Are the Police as law breaking as the rest of the community? You would hope not. So what is the answer?

Well in the overall population there were 68,446 people convicted last year out of an adult population of around 3.5 million.

So the offending rate is around 19.6 per 1,000 people.

11 Police officers were convicted out of 9,048 sworn officers.

That is a Police offending rate of 1.4 per 1,000 officers.

So a Police officer is just 1/13th as likely to break the law.

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