A female police officer arrested in June last year on suspicion of defeating the course of justice was formally charged with unauthorised access to police information and drug-related offences on Monday.

Police Commissioner Stephen Corbishley said the case of Lakila Hart, who has been suspended since last June, is the result of “recently invested resources” in the Professional Standards Department, “to ensure the service acts with integrity and professionalism”.

But he said: “However, these matters are small in number and do not represent the hard work, ethical standards and professionalism displayed by police officers and staff that work tirelessly each day to keep Bermuda safe.

“In fact, the number of officers suspended is just 1.5 per cent of the service and is not representative of the hard work and honesty of staff,” said Mr Corbishley.

“That notwithstanding, it is essential in securing the public’s confidence in our services that we act when serious wrong doing by police employees is identified.”

Pc Hart is expected to appear in Magistrates’ Court on March 10.