A FORMER Leicestershire Police detective constable has resigned from his role after a hearing found him guilty of gross misconduct – which included sex with a colleague while on the work premises.
The unnamed DC decided to leave his role in the force before he was immediately dismissed, after a gross misconduct hearing, held last week, found the allegations proven.
It had been alleged that in February 2021, the conduct of the former officer breached the standards of professional behaviour namely discreditable conduct, duties and responsibilities and failing to challenge/report in respect of his dealings with a female colleague.
This related to an allegation that the former officer had intimate and/or sexual relations with the colleague while on work premises and that he inappropriately engaged in sexual text conversation with her while on duty.
It was also alleged that on other occasions, while not on work premises, the former officer was aware that his colleague was on duty when they had intimate and/or sexual relations and that he failed to challenge and/or report his colleague’s on duty conduct.
The hearing, which was held in private at Leicestershire Police’s Enderby headquarters, concluded that the officer had committed gross misconduct and would have been dismissed on the spot if he had been a serving officer.
The female officer held on to her job and was issued with a final written warning instead of her case going to a similar hearing, a police spokesperson confirmed.
The chairman of the panel decided that the officers should not be named publicly.
Detective Superintendent Rich Ward, head of the force’s professional standards department, said: “The force and the public rightly expect all of our officers to maintain the highest standards of professional behaviour.
“In this case, there was a serious breach of the standards which are expected.
“Following an investigation and the allegations being proven, the appropriate action was taken.”