PC sacked after checking potential BOYFRIEND’S details on force computer
Written by Bridgwater Mercury on July 1, 2021
A POLICE officer who checked the details of a man she intended to go on A DATE with has been fired.
She has been dismissed by Avon and Somerset Police after allegations of gross misconduct were proven at a misconduct hearing held at Police HQ on Wednesday (June 30).
Supt Jane Wigmore, head of professional standards, said: “Legitimacy is vital to maintaining public confidence and we expect all officers and staff to abide by a strict data protection policy when it comes to the use of police systems and accessing both sensitive and confidential information.
“PC Lines’ actions were a clear breach of this policy and there was no policing purpose for her to access the information she did.
“PC Lines went onto compound this lack of judgement with a false allegation relating to the person who reported this breach and a false entry in her pocket notebook – all in an attempt to conceal her actions.
“It is important officers and staff maintain professional boundaries, including with members of the public, and PC Lines failed to do that.
“The misconduct hearing panel, led by an independent Legally Qualified Chair, have listened to all the evidence and found allegations of gross misconduct were proven and have decided the sanction should be dismissal without notice.”
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