Two Staffordshire police camera operators sentenced to prison for erasing records of speeding incidents.

Two former police camera operators, Samantha Halden-Evans and Jonathan Hill, engaged in the act of running number plate checks to determine if their friends had been caught speeding. However, they were subsequently jailed for erasing speeding offence data in order to help their acquaintances avoid fines. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) stated that Halden-Evans, aged 36, and Hill, aged 47, collaborated with each other during their employment with Staffordshire police between May 2019 and October 2020. Halden-Evans was discovered to have deleted offence details on her phone to ensure that individuals linked to her or Hill could evade penalties. Furthermore, she was found to have shared information regarding active speed cameras in Staffordshire. Hill requested Halden-Evans to conduct number plate checks specifically to ascertain whether drivers had been caught speeding at certain locations. Halden-Evans also faced additional charges for unauthorized access and disclosure of data on police computer systems, including information related to a murder investigation. In August 2021, Halden-Evans resigned before her disciplinary hearing, while Hill was dismissed from Staffordshire police following a disciplinary hearing in December 2021. Halden-Evans was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office, wilful neglect of duty/misconduct, and two counts of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. Hill, on the other hand, received an 18-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. Two members of the public involved in the conspiracy, one of whom had a relationship with Halden-Evans, admitted to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and received sentences of two years and eight months, and 10 months respectively. The discovery of the conspiracy occurred after a burglary in Cheshire in 2020, during which detectives examined a mobile phone and traced messages back to Halden-Evans. She was subsequently arrested in February 2021, and her phone was seized. Steve Noonan, the director of operations at the IOPC, described the actions of Halden-Evans and Hill as serious corruption that betrayed the public’s trust and eroded confidence in policing.

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