Former PC accused of ‘sexual activity’ on duty

Thames Valley Police's Kidlington police headquarters Picture: OM
Thames Valley Police’s Kidlington police headquarters Picture: OM

A former probationary police constable is accused of having sex on duty.

The former Thames Valley Police officer, who has not been named by the force, is also accused of using police computer systems to search and view records relating to a member of the public with whom they were in an ‘inappropriate relationship’.

A misconduct hearing will decide next month whether the unnamed officer is guilty of gross misconduct and, if so, whether they would have been sacked had they still been a serving constable.

The officer is said to have begun an inappropriate relationship with a member of the public, made unauthorised searches relating to them on police computer systems and ‘engaged in sexual activity’ with another person while on duty between March 12 and June 29 last year.

The officer was a probationer police constable at the time.

They are said to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of provisions around authority, respect or courtesy, following orders, discreditable conduct, confidentiality, and honesty and integrity.

In an official notice published on Thames Valley Police’s website, the force said: “It is alleged that these matters individually and/or collectively amount to gross misconduct, namely breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour that, if proved, are so serious that dismissal would have been justified had the former officer still been serving.”

The misconduct hearing chairman, qualified solicitor Ogheneruona Iguyovwe, made the decision to impose reporting restrictions preventing the publication of the officer’s name. They are referred to in Thames Valley Police’s press notice as ‘Former PC X’.

The force said: “In adopting this position, the chair has carried out a careful balancing exercise involving factors of public interest, transparency and scrutiny of police misconduct versus the individual welfare of those concerned in the hearing and the ability of a misconduct panel to effectively evaluate all of the evidence.”

The misconduct hearing will take place over three days, beginning on November 9.

Figures published earlier this summer showed that 30 officers have been dismissed from Thames Valley Police since April 2017. They include those who have been made redundant, made to resign, or have had their contracts terminated.

Data from the College of Policing, a professional body, shows nationally 257 officers were placed on the ‘barred list’ in the year to March 2021 – the latest figures – including nine in Thames Valley.

Officers and staff are placed on the list if they have been dismissed from policing after an investigation into their conduct or performance.

They will remain on the list forever unless they win an appeal against their dismissal or successfully apply to the College of Policing for their name to be removed from the list.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire’s court and crime reporter.

To get in touch with him email: Tom.Seaward@newsquest.co.uk

Follow him on Twitter: @t_seaward

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