Former police officer jailed for perverting the course of justice

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A former police officer from Worthing has been jailed for perverting the course of justice.

Simon Wright, 59, of Findon Road admitted he tried to evade punishment for driving a police car through red lights with blue lights active.

Police said he was driving as if responding to an emergency call on June 25 and July 26 in Worthing.

However, it was found he had no lawful purpose to be doing so.

Officers said when he was challenged by his supervisors, he lied in an attempt to avoid prosecution and disciplinary measures.

Detective Superintendent Steve Boniface, head of Sussex Police’s professional standards department, said:

“Police officers must behave in a manner that does not discredit the police service or undermine public confidence, whether on or off duty.

“Simon Wright’s criminal disregard for the law is clearly completely out of keeping with the role that others uphold with pride, integrity and with the trust of the public whom they serve.”

Wright had left Sussex police on November 16, 2018.

He was under investigation for gross misconduct for three counts of honesty and integrity, and one of discreditable conduct.

A misconduct hearing was then held at Sussex Police HQ in late November, but he did not attend.

On Tuesday (February, 5), Wright pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court to perverting the course of justice.

He was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.

Detective Superintendent Boniface added:

“It is important to show that the force will fairly investigate its own staff and this highlights our determination not to allow the name of Sussex Police to be tainted, nor bring into disrepute the enormous amount of good work carried out day-to-day by thousands of hard-working and enormously dedicated police officers and staff.”