Officer who shared images from force database on WhatsApp given final written warning

A serving officer who shared images from force intelligence systems with a “private person” on WhatsApp has been given a final written warning following a misconduct hearing.

Dec 20, 2021
By Paul Jacques

Police Constable Christopher Bates, attached to the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) North West Command Unit, was alleged to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to confidentiality and discreditable conduct.

It is alleged that, between April 1 and October 31, 2019, PC Bates obtained and disclosed 20 images to a private person that were taken from the MPS intelligence and crime reporting systems. The images were passed by WhatsApp and not for a policing purpose, said the MPS.

It added: “After considering all of the evidence, the panel found the allegations proven at the level of gross misconduct and PC Bates was issued with a final written warning.”

Chief Superintendent Sara Leach, BCU Commander for North West London, said: “Upholding the integrity of the MPS intelligence systems is a fundamental requirement and behaviour of this kind is not acceptable.

“It is right that those whose actions do not meet our expected standards face misconduct proceedings. This is crucial to increasing the trust and confidence people have in our organisation.”

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