Police constable dismissed for gross misconduct - The Leamington Observer

Police constable dismissed for gross misconduct

Laura Kearns 15th Dec, 2020   0

A POLICE constable has been dismissed for gross misconduct.

PC Neil Ward had worked for the force for 16 years and was most recently based in south Warwickshire.

Allegations against the 41-year-old officer centred around inappropriate sexual conduct and language used towards female police colleagues.

The hearing was conducted by a legally qualified chair and took place from December 7 to December 9. It follows an investigation by the Professional Standards Department.

It was determined his actions had breached standards of integrity, authority, respect, courtesy, equality, diversity and discreditable conduct as outlined in the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics.

All allegations were proven and the panel determined his actions amounted to gross misconduct.

He will now be placed on the College of Policing’s barred list.

Head of Professional Standards Supt Warren Little said: “We expect all our officers and staff to uphold the highest standards of behaviour and the officer in this case has failed to do so.

“If they fall below these standards, they discredit the service and impact on the trust and confidence of our communities, which we cannot allow.

“In this matter, PC Ward was subject of a gross misconduct investigation following reports that he had made repeated and unwanted sexualised comments and actions towards female police colleagues.

“This type of behaviour in the workplace is wholly unacceptable and has no place in Warwickshire Police. The independent panel agreed and dismissed the officer without notice.”

If you have any concerns about the conduct of a police officer or member of police staff you can report it by calling 101 or on the complaints section of the website.


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