SOUTH Wales Police have sacked 13 PCSOs for cheating in their entry exams following an internal investigation.
A fourteenth support officer has quit in connection with the same incident.
The PCSOs were between four and five months into their six-month probationary period, and had yet to be allocated to one of the force’s four divisions.
South Wales Police’s director of human resources, Mark Milton, said the 14 had faced probationary hearings which resulted in 13 of them being dismissed and one resigning.
He said: “An allegation recently came to our attention that 14 PCSOs may have cheated in their final exam.
“We have investigated these claims and as a result 13 PCSOs faced probationary hearings which have resulted in all 13 being dismissed from the force.
“One other PCSO decided to resign before these hearings took place.
“All 14 PCSOs were four to five months into their six month probation period when these allegations came to light and their probation was extended for our investigations to take place.”
He added: “South Wales Police prides itself on its ethical standards and integrity.”