Bravery award winning cop thrown off force for relationship with crime witness
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An award-winning police officer has been sacked for engaging in an improper relationship with a witness.
Paul Osmond was dubbed a hero for preventing a violent man from killing himself in 2012.
The 50-year-old police constable, who received the eastern region Police Bravery Award two years later, was dismissed without notice following a tribunal at Suffolk Constabulary headquarters, in Martlesham Heath.
He was found to have breached standards of professional behaviour by abuse of position to engage in an improper relationship with a witness of a crime last year.
The alleged misconduct took place between April 26 and May 3, 2017, when the officer was stationed at Mildenhall.
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Concerns about the nature of his conduct were reported to the police by a family member of the other party, who had been witness to an incident involving an alleged assault and criminal damage involving neighbours.
A misconduct hearing, chaired by Siobhan Goodrich and concluded following an adjournment on January 9, found that the officer had breached standards in the areas of discreditable conduct; authority, respect and courtesy; honesty and integrity; confidentiality; and duties and responsibilities.
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He was dismissed without notice but now has a right to have the case heard by a police appeals tribunal.
In October 2014, Pc Osmond and Pc Rebecca Gardiner won the eastern region Police Bravery Award at a ceremony attended by the Home Secretary, police minister and Met Police commissioner.
On July 3, 2012, they were called to the scene of a three-car road traffic collision in Newmarket, where one of the vehicles had failed to stop.
The drunk driver was later traced to a property, where he armed himself with a large kitchen knife and plunged it into his stomach, before threatening and assaulting the two officers.
Following a struggle, the officers managed to arrest him without sustaining injuries.
Before the awards ceremony in London, Pc Osmond and Pc Gardiner joined 64 of their colleagues from 31 forces for a reception at 10 Downing Street with then Prime Minister David Cameron as a mark of recognition for their acts.