More than 1,000 serving police officers in Britain have criminal records, figures obtained under freedom of information laws showed yesterday. Convictions of the 1,063 officers include 77 for violence, 36 for theft and 96 for dishonesty. Five of these officers were reinstated by the Home Office after being sacked by their local forces. More than half the convictions were for speeding, drink-driving or other motoring offences, according to the figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats from 41 of Britain's 52 police forces. Another 210 officers have been dismissed or been required to resign in the past five years because of their criminal convictions.