A ROOKIE policewoman has been arrested after a drugs raid on her home.
Patricia Lovis was in her flat when officers, acting on a tip-off, allegedly found cannabis plants being grown inside.
The 26-year-old Strathclyde Police recruit only graduated as a probation officer from the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan, Fife, last year.
Officers found the plants in the second-floor tenement in Cumbernauld.
Lovis, whose parents are Swiss, shares the flat with her 26-year-old boyfriend David Withers.
A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.
In February we revealed how would-be officers are being vetted by checks on social networking websites after chiefs in six of Scotland’s eight forces scrapped the traditional two-hour interview conducted in their home without warning.
Chief Inspector Neil Kerr, Strathclyde’s head of recruitment, said: “Home visits have been suspended temporarily due to the increase in the number of candidates.
“Prior to anyone being appointed, full background and vetting checks are carried out, a process which involves monitoring and researching social networking sites.”
An insider said the arrest of Lovis may spark criticism of the decision to scrap home visits.
He said: “Strathclyde Police are under intense political pressure to get more officers on the beat.
“It has left a sizeable section of senior officers pushing for a rethink on this strategy of lowering admission criteria for new officers.”
A spokesman for Strathclyde Police said: “A 26-year-old woman and 26-year-old man are the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal in relation to offences under the misuse of drugs act.
“We can confirm this is a serving police officer. The officer has not been suspended at this time but is not now undertaking operational duties.”
Lovis and Withers declined to comment.
By Charles Lavery