Nearly 100 criminals convicted of robbery, arson and violent assaults try to become prison officers 

Nearly 100 criminals convicted of drug-dealing, theft, arson and violent assaults have tried to change into jail officers – sparking corruption fears behind bars.

An investigation by MailOnline has uncovered a rogues gallery of offenders who’ve tried to get the excessive safety roles.

Among the 90 people are some 169 convictions or cautions, with crimes starting from battery and assault to misconduct in a public workplace.

Others embody shoplifting, utilizing racially abusive phrases, harassment and possession of a knife.

The findings counsel fears aired by the National Police Chiefs’ Council some three years in the past of gangs infiltrating prisons to smuggle in contraband are nonetheless very actual.    

In March this yr Rio Moran, 30, was jailed for 2 years after serving to get medicine into HMP Doncaster the place she labored.

Rio Moran, 30

Former prison officer Moran

Rio Moran, 30, jailed for 2 years after serving to get medicine into the jail the place she labored

HMP Doncaster where Ms Moran worked was where she helped to get drugs in behind bars

HMP Doncaster the place Ms Moran labored was the place she helped to get medicine in behind bars

Prison officer David Whitfield was jailed for six years and 9 months after demanding sexual favours from 12 feminine inmates in return for cell privileges.

And final month jail officer Emma Johnson, 25. was imprisoned for smuggling iPhones into HMP Sudbury for an inmate she had fallen in love with.

Speaking about MailOnline’s findings, David Spencer, Research Director on the Centre for Crime Prevention, stated: ‘It is loopy that convicted criminals would even be thought of for jobs as jail officers.

‘It would clearly current an enormous potential safety danger in addition to improve the prospects of contraband being smuggled into prisons and even crime lords persevering with their nefarious actions behind bars.

‘The lunatics would actually be taking on the asylum and that is one occasion the place sanity has to prevail.’

Former Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville added: ‘If the vetting is something just like the police, you do not know who might need managed to slither by means of if these are those which have been flagged.

‘It is loopy to assume cons are attempting to take care of cons. There is already corruption in prisons with folks smuggling contraband in. They do not want this on prime of it.’ 

David Whitfield, guilty of misconduct in public office and jailed for six years and nine months

David Whitfield, responsible of misconduct in public workplace and jailed for six years and 9 months

HMP Low Newton (pictured above) where David Whitfield had worked and carried out offence

HMP Low Newton (pictured above) the place David Whitfield had labored and carried out offence

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service would not have a blanket ban on using workers with prison data.

But all of these making use of to work inside a jail do need to bear a safety vetting course of.

One of the techniques is a Disclosure and Barring Service Check, which is designed to assist employers make safer recruitment selections.

The information obtained by MailOnline got here by means of the Freedom of Information Act and exhibits the variety of convicted criminals making use of for the jail service position up to now yr.

Emma Johnson, 25, made thousands of pounds and discussed how much money she was making with serving prisoner Marcus Solomon

Emma Johnson, 25, made 1000’s of kilos and mentioned how a lot cash she was making with serving prisoner Marcus Solomon

The court that the pair had met when Johnson was working as a senior prison officer at HMP Sudbury (pictured) in Derbyshire

The court docket that the pair had met when Johnson was working as a senior jail officer at HMP Sudbury (pictured) in Derbyshire

Most widespread offences of crooks attempting to change into jail officers 

Drink-driving – 28

Battery – 14

Possession of products with false trademark on the market or rent –  12

Assault occasioning ABH – 12

Fail to inform change (advantages) – 8

Criminal harm – 7

Resist or impede constable – 5

Robbery – 3

Breach of non-molestation order – 3

Burglary – 1 

Arson – 1

Misconduct in public workplace – 1

 Source: MailOnline FOI request

Criminal data usually are not a definitive bar to changing into a jail workplace and selections on suitability are made on a case-by-case foundation.

It is known it means the Ministry of Justice doesn’t centrally maintain info on how lots of the 90 criminals uncovered within the figures have been accepted for the position. 

In 2019 Assistant Chief Constable Jason Hogg, the then National Police Chiefs’ Council’s lead on jail intelligence, stated he feared organised criminals have been asking associates or relations to safe jobs with the intention of sneaking unlawful objects behind bars.

He stated he ‘strongly suspected’ gangs have been infiltrating the jail service, however defined it was tough to show.

‘There are some examples of workers, very quickly after they work in that jail property, whether or not it is as a jail officer or a upkeep employee, when you like, they transfer in direction of supplying contraband,’ Mr Hogg stated on the time.

Mark Fairhurst, the nationwide chairman of the Prison Officers Association, additionally stated it was ‘very simple’ to site visitors medicine and different illicit objects into prisons, with officers hardly ever searched.

‘We have gotten intelligence to counsel folks – jail officers and civilian workers – have been focused and recruited by prison gangs to get medicine into prisons,’ he stated.

‘It’s very uncommon. Less than 1 per cent of our workers are corrupt, but it surely does occur.’

 A Prison Service spokesman stated: ‘Serious criminals can by no means change into jail officers.

‘Everyone making use of to be a jail officer faces rigorous vetting, together with strict danger assessments for these with prior convictions.’