More than 40 police staff have been charged with criminal offending in the last five years - including theft, sex abuse, fraud, tax evasion and murder.

Some have been jailed, others resigned or retired as a result of their offending, but many remain in the force despite their conviction.

The majority of convictions were for serious assaults and manner of driving, figures obtained by the Herald under the Official Information Act (OIA) reveal.

The most serious offences committed by cops were murder and tax evasion - and four were convicted of sexual assaults or abuse.

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