Police officer stole dead man's phones and iPad

Chief superintendent Helen Harrison apologised to the family involved on behalf of Police Scotland.

Police Scotland officer stole dead man’s phones and iPad STV News

A Police Scotland officer stole a dead man’s phones and iPad when attending to investigate his death at his grieving family’s home.

Alan Sneddon, 46, was on duty when he stole the devices.

He pled guilty earlier this year and was sentenced to a community payback order, including 140 hours unpaid work and an 18-month supervision order on Friday, April 19, at Paisley Sheriff Court.

A criminal investigation led by the Professional Standards Department began after the theft was reported and led to Sneddon being arrested, charged and suspended.

Chief superintendent Helen Harrison and a local police commander visited the family to apologise on behalf of Police Scotland.

The force’s Professional Standards Department will now progress gross misconduct proceedings.

CS Harrison said: “Alan Sneddon’s actions go against everything Police Scotland stands for.

“The local police commander and I visited the family to apologise on behalf of Police Scotland.

“They should have been able to put their trust in this police officer at one of the worst times in their lives and were let down.

“This case highlights that we will bring those to justice no matter who they are.

“He is a disgrace to the overwhelming majority of our officers and staff who demonstrate high standards of professional behaviour serving our communities every day.

“As an organisation, we know how much damage can be caused to public trust and confidence in policing by the actions of those who do not live our values, who do not carry out their role with integrity, and who do not uphold the standards we expect in policing.

“It is right policing is held to high standards and we will always support officers and staff acting with our values and standards at heart.

“Those who reject what we stand for, do not belong in Police Scotland.”

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