March 11 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, February 20, 2014
A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police following a gross misconduct hearing which heard the officer had engaged in an “inappropriate relationship” with a vulnerable person.
The 45-year-old officer, who was based at Colchester police station, had been on restricted duties since March 2013 and was found to have breached conduct regulations in regard to honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct.
The details of the case were heard on Wednesday and a decision, which could be subject to appeal, was taken by Mark Gilmartin, Director of Support Services at Essex Police, to dismiss the officer without notice.
The circumstances of the case were that the officer met a vulnerable victim in his policing capacity and engaged in a relationship which was inappropriate.
Mr Gilmartin said: “The seriousness of our findings involving the officer’s relationship with a vulnerable individual and the steps he took to conceal it are significant.
“The public are entitled to expect the very highest standards when dealing with vulnerable individuals who require police help.
“The officer not only fell far from those standards but behaved in a way which we consider to have been utterly unacceptable and potentially damaging to a woman in a vulnerable situation.”