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Police trainer alleged to have 'inappropriate sexual relationship' with student officer

PSNI also investigating claims of dishonesty, misconduct and crime

Police are investigating allegations of misconduct, crime and inappropriate sexual relations at their own training college in east Belfast.

The BBC Stephen's Nolan show revealed on Friday that a male trainer was at the centre of the allegations at Garnerville for alleged dishonesty offences around a claim of "theft of overtime".

It is believed the same man is being investigated over allegations of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a least one student officer.

In a statement the PSNI said it couldn't comment on the details of the allegations or provide any further information as investigations are ongoing.

A PSNI spokesman said: "However, we can confirm that the Police Service of Northern Ireland expects its officers and staff to behave professionally, ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times.

"Any officer or staff member who fails to abide by the high standards of behaviour as laid out in our code of ethics will be rigorously investigated and if appropriate subject to disciplinary proceedings."

Last November police recruitment was suspended temporarily to allow for a probe into cheating at the training college.

A review of the examination process and the culture within the policing college at Garnerville was ordered after the Belfast Telegraph revealed in June that 54 student officers had been caught cheating in their police examinations and ordered to restart training. Test questions were shared among students ahead of assessment

The trainees were caught memorising and sharing test questions ahead of assessment.

The PSNI training which the students were caught cheating in is accredited by the Ulster University, which means student officers are both students of the Police College and the UU.

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