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Former Warwickshire Police officer sent inappropriate text message to victim of domestic abuse





A FORMER Warwickshire Police officer was found guilty of gross misconduct after he persistently messaged the victim of a domestic abuse case.

A misconduct hearing on 26th March was told the former officer, who was found to have breached professional standards to such an extent that he had committed gross misconduct while in post, had:

- Contacted the victim asking to meet, despite her indicating they did not wish to do so;

- Discussed details of the investigation in the company of the officer’s partner;

Warwickshire Police said issues with its officers can be reported online or, where appropriate, to Crimestoppers.
Warwickshire Police said issues with its officers can be reported online or, where appropriate, to Crimestoppers.

- Formed an inappropriate and unprofessional emotional attachment to the victim;

- Sent an inappropriate text message to the victim;

- Pressured the victim to send an email of support to the officer’s line manager praising his performance and handling of the case, the contents of which was pre-drafted by the officer;

- Contacted the victim twice, despite the officer’s awareness of being under investigation.

The hearing’s chair found that the officer fell short of the standards of professional behaviour covering integrity; authority, respect, and courtesy; confidentiality, and conduct.

He also found that, had he been a serving officer, he would have been sacked. The officer has been placed on the barred list held by the College of Policing.

Det Supt Thompson, of professional standards, said “The former officer fell a long way short of the standards we expect in our organisation.

“We treat any and all cases of professional misconduct seriously, particularly as the people who come into contact with us are often vulnerable members of the community in need of support and do not deserve to be let down and abused by their police force.”

The former officer is not being named by the force because of a ‘condition of anonymity’ on the hearing.



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