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Officer sent ‘inappropriate’ pictures to vulnerable person on duty
17 Feb 2017

<b><i>Antony Pettinger displayed 'poor<br>error in judgment'</b></i>
Antony Pettinger displayed 'poor
error in judgment'
An officer has been sacked for starting a relationship with a “vulnerable” victim of crime.

Police Constable Antony Pettinger, 35, told a hearing that he pursued a relationship with the woman after she called for police assistance in early 2015.

The panel heard that the former Northamptonshire Police officer sent “inappropriate” pictures of himself to the woman and visited her while on duty.

He also searched confidential records relating to the woman and another person without a policing purpose.

Mr Pettinger accepted it was wrong to form the relationship and said he displayed “poor error in judgment”.

In mitigation, he was described as a “commended officer with a previously unblemished, 13 years front line career”.

However, the hearing’s chair found he grossly breached standards of professional behaviour and dismissed him without notice.

Delivering the outcome, Chief Constable Simon Edens said: “You consciously and deliberately crossed the boundary between your role as a police officer – there to protect people from harm – and your personal life. This was an abuse of your position as a constable.

“You breached this standard by failing to act with self-control by pursuing an improper personal relationship, you abused your power and she was vulnerable to that abuse.

“You presented a huge risk to public confidence in the police.”

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