Former officer guilty of gross misconduct
A former Nottinghamshire Police sergeant has been found guilty of gross misconduct for abusing his authority for a sexual purpose.
The former supervising officer sent junior colleagues “inappropriate and sexualised communications and imagery on a number of occasions over a prolonged period of time”.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said that the then serving officer had “discreditably failed those he should have respected and cared for”.
The officer, who had already resigned from the force, was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to discreditable conduct and authority, respect and courtesy.
The special case hearing at the force’s headquarters on Tuesday (February 5) was chaired by Mr Guildford and held in private due to “witness vulnerability”.
It was determined that the officer would have been dismissed if still serving and has been placed on the College of Policing’s barred list.
Mr Guildford said: “I demand and regularly observe the highest standards of conduct from supervisors and will always seek to dispense with the services of any individual who abuses their position of authority for sexual gain.
“The supervisor in this case conducted himself in a way which undermined the service; he discreditably failed those he should have respected and cared for. He instead sent them sexually inappropriate messages, images and behaved in a thoroughly unacceptable manner towards his colleagues on a number of occasions over a period of time.”
He added that such behaviour will not be tolerated in policing.