Bradford police detention officer jailed for 'extremely serious' offence

Bradford police detention officer jailed for 'extremely serious' offence <i>(Image: Pixabay)</i>
Bradford police detention officer jailed for 'extremely serious' offence (Image: Pixabay)

A POLICE detention officer with responsibility for booking suspected criminals into custody has himself been locked up.

Sharjeel Jelani, 34, who worked in the Bradford district, made false claims in court that he was a police officer to try and avoid disqualification from driving.

He appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today where he pleaded guilty to one count of perjury and was sentenced to 14 months in jail.

The charge relates to a hearing at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court in June last year, over an off-duty speeding offence committed by Jelani.

He submitted an exceptional hardship application to the court which said that he needed his licence for work as a police officer in road traffic patrol, and that his career would be affected by a disqualification.

It was identified after Jelani had been sentenced that incorrect information had been submitted to the court and an investigation was commenced by the force's professional standards directorate.

Detective Superintendent Tanya Wilkins, of West Yorkshire Police's professional standards directorate, said: "Honesty and integrity are core values that all police employees should have. Any suggestion that someone employed by the police has lied in criminal proceedings is extremely serious.

"Detention officer Jelani has been suspended from duty since this investigation commenced. He will now be subject to misconduct proceedings."

At Sheffield Crown Court today, he also received a 12-month disqualification from driving for the original speeding offence, which will come into effect on his release from prison.