Between March and May 2018, a 43-year-old former response officer named only as PC A, initiated a sexual relationship with a vulnerable female witness who he met during the course of his policing duties.
The officer used his force issued mobile telephone to establish contact with the woman before switching to his private mobile telephone to establish and continue the relationship.
Despite recent awareness training on maintaining professional boundaries and abuse of authority for sexual gain, the officer consciously and persistently pursued a course of conduct for his own personal gratification. Part way through the investigation by the Professional Standards Directorate the officer tendered his resignation. He subsequently accepted his actions amounted to Gross Misconduct.
A Fast Track Gross Misconduct Hearing was held today (Friday 21 December 2018).
The chair of the meeting, Chief Constable Craig Guildford found the allegations against former PC A proven as Gross Misconduct. He determined the officer would have been dismissed from the force had he still been serving. The officer has now been placed on the College of Policing Barred List.
CC Guildford said: “The public of Nottinghamshire rightly expect their officers to act with integrity, to discharge their responsibilities to the vulnerable professionally and to put the public interest before self-interest. Former PC A failed in his duties, his behaviour was abhorrent and thoroughly discreditable. It will not be tolerated by Nottinghamshire Police.”