Police officer Adam McLean, who received top bravery award, is sacked after admitting fraud

Bournemouth Echo: Police officer who received top bravery award is sacked after admitting fraud Police officer who received top bravery award is sacked after admitting fraud

A POLICE officer who received a top award for bravery has been dismissed from his job after admitting five counts of fraud.

Adam McLean, 38, was sentenced to a community service order at Bournemouth Crown Court after defrauding a friend in his hometown of Sherborne.

He had met his 52-year-old victim in 2006 when he dealt with an incident in the town while on duty, and they then became friends.

The officer went on to abuse his position, and in 2012 used the victim’s bank account to pay off his own personal debts.

In 2008, McLean, of Yeovil, Somerset, received a Chief Constable’s Quality of Service Award after witnessing a car collide with a tree and land upside down on its roof.

He rang the emergency services before entering the car through a rear window, where he supported the weight of a seriously injured man and ensured he remained conscious.

At the same time, the then 32-year-old spoke to members of the public at the scene, arranging for them to carry out traffic control and direct the emergency services when they arrived.

But in the spring of last year, the disgraced officer took a total of £970 from his victim’s bank account in five separate transactions.

He admitted the charges in April, and on the same day was sentenced to a community service order to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for each offence to run concurrently.

Following the conviction, he was dismissed from his job.

Superintendent Dave Thorp, of Dorset Police, said: “PC Adam McLean was working in a position of trust. He betrayed that trust and let down his colleagues and the police service.

His arrest, prosecution and subsequent dismissal by Chief Constable Debbie Simpson reinforces the fact that Dorset Police is committed to the highest levels of ethical policing and integrity.”

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9:06am Thu 15 May 14

RM says...

I'm sure I read this - or a subset of it a couple of days ago? Sad that a person who demonstrated such bravery in his work ends his career this way.
I'm sure I read this - or a subset of it a couple of days ago? Sad that a person who demonstrated such bravery in his work ends his career this way. RM
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9:33am Thu 15 May 14

dorsetspeed says...

His arrest, prosecution and subsequent dismissal by Chief Constable Debbie Simpson reinforces the fact that Dorset Police is committed to the highest levels of ethical policing and integrity.”

Sorry to disappoint you but it will take more than the sacking of an officer who has been caught stealing to demonstrate highest levels of integrity
His arrest, prosecution and subsequent dismissal by Chief Constable Debbie Simpson reinforces the fact that Dorset Police is committed to the highest levels of ethical policing and integrity.” Sorry to disappoint you but it will take more than the sacking of an officer who has been caught stealing to demonstrate highest levels of integrity dorsetspeed
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11:43am Thu 15 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

He was probably on 25k or more a year and a fat pension one day. To throw it all away for £900 is quite amazing.

Mind you, I know a copper who was sacked for stealing 2 CD's from a house he was searching with a warrant. The house owner rang the cop shop when he noticed them missing. The cop was made to open his locker and there they
were

career terminated for £20 worth. That was Wiltshire.
He was probably on 25k or more a year and a fat pension one day. To throw it all away for £900 is quite amazing. Mind you, I know a copper who was sacked for stealing 2 CD's from a house he was searching with a warrant. The house owner rang the cop shop when he noticed them missing. The cop was made to open his locker and there they were career terminated for £20 worth. That was Wiltshire. Sir Beachy Head
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3:06pm Thu 15 May 14

yet_another_one says...

Ask yourselves the question - "what makes guys like him do such a thing ?"
I can assure you all it isn't the fact he's a policeman who thinks he can get away with such actions.
I feel so sorry for the likes of Adam McLean .... a victim in today's pressure maybe ?
Ask yourselves the question - "what makes guys like him do such a thing ?" I can assure you all it isn't the fact he's a policeman who thinks he can get away with such actions. I feel so sorry for the likes of Adam McLean .... a victim in today's pressure maybe ? yet_another_one
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