Keith Boots, 55, was given a total sentence of 26 years inprisonment after being found guilty of 16 charges including the theft of drugs from West Yorkshire Police (including cocaine), possession with intent to supply drugs and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Speaking after the sentencing today (Friday 24 March) at Leeds Crown Court, Detective Superintendent Simon Bottomley of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Department, said:
“Keith Boots belongs in jail. He is a criminal who pretended to uphold the values expected of a police officer but in reality fell a very long way short of the high standards expected with the uniform.
“He is an embarrassment to Force employees who day in day out work tirelessly to keep the people of West Yorkshire safe. Boots’ colleagues were taking drugs off of the streets whilst he was looking to put them back out there.
“There is no excuse for what Boots did and he now has a very long time in prison to consider the consequences of his actions. He is no longer a police officer having been sacked from the Force on 24 March 2016.”
Boots used his privileged position as a police officer to steal drugs from the Force. As an Inspector he was in charge of the property stores and because of his position of trust installed the CCTV cameras guarding the stores.
Det Supt Bottomley added:
“Boots’ criminality was exposed because of the integrity and actions of his colleagues. As with any criminal activity we will investigate. No one is above the law as Boots has found out to his cost.
“But any safeguards are by virtue reliant on the honesty and integrity of those running them. The vast vast majority of people who work for West Yorkshire Police are honest and operate with an extremely high degree of integrity. Boots was dishonest and lacked the high level of integrity expected of police officers.
“I would also like to thank everyone who gave evidence in this trial and helped with the investigation. It is always difficult to accept that someone in the Force could be capable of such criminal behaviour. Praise must also be given to the Crown Prosecution Service and prosecuting counsel – this was a trial that at times was complex but the evidence was clearly presented to the jury who then gave the guilty verdict.”
Boots, 55, of Norman Lane, Eccleshill was found guilty of four counts of theft, seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs, one count of conspiracy to steal and three counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. He was also found guilty of one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was found not guilty of one count of possession of a quantity of ammunition without certification.
Ashley Boots, 30, of Weatherhouse Terrace, Halifax admitted seven counts of possession with intent to supply drugs and one count of possession of a quantity of ammunition without certification. He was found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, one count of conspiracy to steal and one count of perverting the course of justice. He was sentenced to 24 years
Ian Mitchell, 28, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was sentenced to five years.
Pictured top to bottom are Keith Boots, Ashley Boots and Ian Mitchell