Final written warning for Suffolk officer over inappropriate relationship
A Suffolk Constabulary officer has been given a final written warning after attempting to form an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable woman he came into contact with during the course of his duties.
An investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) found that, between February and March 2021, Police Constable Adam Long sent a woman who had been a victim of domestic violence a string of text messages which “were unprofessional and inappropriate”.
He suggested meeting the woman at her home, although they never actually met or spoke directly to each other. When the woman interpreted messages sent by him as an attempt to form a sexual relationship she challenged him about his behaviour and broke off contact.
IOPC Regional Director Graham Beesley said: “Officers receive training emphasising the importance of maintaining strict professional boundaries with people they come into contact with during the course of their work. This is essential for maintaining public confidence in policing.
“The allegations were aggravated in this case as PC Long knew the woman was vulnerable. The disciplinary panel found that his actions had stepped over the boundary and the final written warning he has received will stay in place for five years.”