Dorset police officer abused his position

A Dorset police officer has been convicted of five counts of fraud. Adam McLean, 38, pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court. He was sentenced to a community service order to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for each offence – to run concurrently.

Following his conviction he was dismissed from Dorset Police. PC McLean was arrested on 12 June 2013 following an investigation by the Dorset Police Anti-Corruption Unit and the Major Crime Team. Police say he let down his colleagues and the service.

He met a 52-year-old Sherborne man, in 2006 when he dealt with an incident in the town while on duty and subsequently they became friends. PC McLean went on to abuse his position, and in 2012 he used the victim’s bank account to pay off his own personal debts.