Officer sacked after going paragliding abroad then ‘lying about injuries’
A police officer who was on restricted duties due to a medical condition went paragliding abroad, sustained further injuries then lied about how it happened, a misconduct panel found.
Inspector Julian Moulton was dismissed without notice from Norfolk Constabulary after he was found to have breached professional standards.
The officer was suffering from a serious condition and had indicated that he was in significant pain and unstable on his feet, but he engaged in activities which carried a further risk of injury, the disciplinary hearing was told.
He subsequently sustained an injury which impeded his return to work, and was dishonest when providing an account of how he had sustained his injuries.
A Norfolk Constabulary spokesperson said: “We expect the highest level of personal and professional behaviour from all of our officers but Julian Moulton was found to have fallen far short of those expectations.
“Julian Moulton reported being unable to carry out his full role due to a medical condition and as such was placed on restricted duties.
“This meant that he did not work full hours and was limited in the tasks that could be given to him.
“Whilst on restricted duties, he was involved in an accident whilst taking part in paragliding activities overseas, during which he sustained further injuries.
“In addition, Julian Moulton was found to have not been honest about how these injuries were sustained.
“Such behaviour clearly breaches the high levels of integrity we expect from our officers.
“We recognise that the actions of Julian Moulton risk undermining public confidence in policing.
“We also know that his hard-working former colleagues will feel let down by his actions.
“It is important that the outcome of these hearings are publicised so that communities and our workforce are aware of action taken by the force when conduct falls short of the standards expected.”
Mr Moulton has a right to appeal against the panel’s decision.