Policeman ‘broke bail in tipping off dealer case’

PC Alan Halliday appeared in Edinburgh Sheriff Court in March. Picture: Greg Macvean
PC Alan Halliday appeared in Edinburgh Sheriff Court in March. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A POLICE constable charged with allegedly tipping off drug dealers they were about to be raided is still working as an officer at a Lothian station despite being arrested again.

PC Alan Halliday appeared in court earlier this year, accused of contacting dealers when he found out their house was going to be visited by the drug squad.

The decision not to suspend him from the force emerged after he was arrested by his colleagues for a second time in recent months – allegedly for breaking his bail conditions.

However, despite the serious allegations hanging over him, police chiefs have declined to suspend the 45-year-old and put him on “restricted duties” instead.

Halliday is now based at Dalkeith police station, where bosses said he does not have a role dealing with the public, but was carrying out “meaningful” work while remaining in uniform.

He will also be kept away from any job which may involve his ongoing court case.

Halliday, who lives in Musselburgh, East Lothian, was charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice when he appeared in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on March 28.

He made no plea or declaration and was released on bail to return to court at a later date. As part of his release conditions, the officer was banned from entering the Hardgate in Haddington.

The constable, who was serving as a member of the East Lothian Community Action Team (ELCAT) after being seconded to the drug-busting unit at the time of his original arrest, was charged again last month accused of breaching bail by driving along the street.

Halliday appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court accused of the breach, and will return to the court at a later date to answer the charge.

Police chiefs said any decisions over whether to suspend an officer or place them on restricted duties continued to be made on a “case-by-case basis”.

A spokesman said: “Police Scotland can confirm he is based at Dalkeith police station and is not in a public facing role. The restricted duties will allow the officer to continue to make a meaningful contribution, whilst protecting the integrity of the investigation throughout the criminal justice process.”

The spokesman added: “A 45-year-old serving police officer was detained and arrested on June 24 following a breach of bail conditions in the East Lothian area.

“He appeared in Haddington Sheriff Court on June 25 and was given revised bail conditions.”

ELCAT is funded by East Lothian Council and was formed in 2008. The unit is made up of a uniformed sergeant and six constables and is aimed at clamping down on antisocial behaviour.

The team’s remit includes dealing with the cultivation and supply of drugs.