Essex Police officer dismissed after relationship with "vulnerable victim"

Braintree and Witham Times: Essex Police officer dismissed after relationship with "vulnerable victim" Essex Police officer dismissed after relationship with "vulnerable victim"

A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police following a gross misconduct hearing.

The 45 year-old officer, who was based at Colchester police station, had been working on restricted duties since March 2013.

He was found to have breached conduct regulations in regards to honesty and integrity, and discreditable conduct.

After hearing the details of the case on Wednesday February 19, a decision – that could be subject to appeal – was taken by Mr Mark Gilmartin, Director of Support Services at Essex Police, to dismiss the officer without notice.

The circumstances of the case were that the officer met a vulnerable victim in his policing capacity and engaged in a relationship which was inappropriate.

Mr Gilmartin said: "The seriousness of our findings involving the officer’s relationship with a vulnerable individual and the steps he took to conceal it are significant”

"The public are entitled to expect the very highest standards when dealing with vulnerable individuals who require police help. The officer not only fell far from those standards but behaved in a way which we consider to have been utterly unacceptable and potentially damaging to a woman in a vulnerable situation.”

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1:00pm Fri 21 Feb 14

peterhalliday says...

I was a career copper for 36 years and am enormously proud of the contribution I made. I followed two credos; the 11th and 12th Commandments. The 11th Commandant is: "Thou shalt always behave like a copper." The 12th one is: "As an adult, thou shalt always be a role model, particularly for children (otherwise the world will never get any better)." This officer is no doubt one of the "few bad apples in the barrel" and not reflective of the "vast majority of hard working, dedicated officers" (to take the usual PR line). Tragically, this gentleman by virtue of his position in society has wreaked contempt and humiliation upon his former police force out of all proportion to his wrongdoings. That's the stark, unvarnished truth of the matter. It will take years for Essex Police to recover the lost ground. I am not exaggerating. So, my fine, upstanding police colleagues, I say unto you: "The next time you feel inclined to do something, nay anything, wrong, for the love of God take a step back and say to yourself, "Would my children admire me for this?!"
I was a career copper for 36 years and am enormously proud of the contribution I made. I followed two credos; the 11th and 12th Commandments. The 11th Commandant is: "Thou shalt always behave like a copper." The 12th one is: "As an adult, thou shalt always be a role model, particularly for children (otherwise the world will never get any better)." This officer is no doubt one of the "few bad apples in the barrel" and not reflective of the "vast majority of hard working, dedicated officers" (to take the usual PR line). Tragically, this gentleman by virtue of his position in society has wreaked contempt and humiliation upon his former police force out of all proportion to his wrongdoings. That's the stark, unvarnished truth of the matter. It will take years for Essex Police to recover the lost ground. I am not exaggerating. So, my fine, upstanding police colleagues, I say unto you: "The next time you feel inclined to do something, nay anything, wrong, for the love of God take a step back and say to yourself, "Would my children admire me for this?!" peterhalliday

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