PC 1879 Paul Faulkner Misconduct Hearing

Cleveland Police

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Officer(s)

Constable (PC) 1879 Paul Faulkner of Cleveland Police View officer

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Conduct

Circumstances of Alleged Breaches

On or around 13 September 2019, he came to know “Officer A” through initially acting as a Police Federation observer and then commencing the role of her Federation Representative on or around 5 November 2019. That role placed him in a position of responsibility.
At the time, Officer A was the subject of an investigation conducted by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (“IOPC”), which, amongst other personal circumstances, was having a significant adverse effect on her mental health and wellbeing, leading to a period of approximately six months’ of stress-related sickness absence commencing in November 2019. In all the circumstances, he knew or ought to have known that she was vulnerable at the material time.
It is alleged that:

Between 13 September 2019 and February 2021, he pursued a relationship and/or allowed a relationship to develop between him and Officer A, in circumstances where her situation rendered her vulnerable, or potentially vulnerable. In particular, he:

a) On or around 13 September 2019, at a time when she had another Federation Representative, contacted Officer A on social media and provided his personal telephone number (as opposed to his police or Federation contact details), having observed her being served with gross misconduct papers that same day;
b) Thereafter, continued to engage in personal contact with her, including during her 6 months of stress-related sickness absence;
c) Engaged in a sexual relationship with her.
The above conduct breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Discreditable Conduct and Authority, Respect and Courtesy, and amounts to gross misconduct.

Allegation 2

Between September 2019 and February 2021, he failed to act with honesty and integrity by:
a) On or around 29 May 2020, he was challenged by the Federation Branch Chair and Secretary, on the allegation that he had formed a relationship with Officer A. He denied the existence of the relationship, a statement which was untrue and which he knew to be untrue;
b) Further or alternatively, in or around June 2020, he told his supervisor, words to the effect that there was “nothing going on” between him and the subject of the allegation (Officer A), a statement which was untrue and which he knew to be untrue;
c) Further or alternatively, you asked PC A to lie about the existence of your relationship, should she be asked about it.

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