Officers from the Regional Prison Intelligence Unit at the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) have arrested a prison officer based at HMP Altcourse.
At around 9am yesterday, Wednesday, 31 July, the 26-year-old woman from Warrington was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.
She has been taken to a local police station for questioning and has since been released under investigation.
Detective Inspector Dawn Hampson from NWROCU said: “We can confirm that following a joint investigation between the Prison Service and NWROCU, a member of staff from HMP Altcourse has today been arrested.
“Corruption of any kind is simply not tolerated and we will continue to work closely with the Prison Service to ensure anyone who breaks the rules is brought to justice. I would like to encourage members of staff working at prisons to report it if they believe their colleagues are involved in corrupt activity, so that we can act on it and put offenders before the courts. The majority of prison staff are hardworking, honest individuals and we are committed to removing the very few that go against this.”