PC 5327 Knowles Misconduct Hearing

West Midlands

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Constable (PC) 5327 Knowles of West Midlands

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Orders and instructions
  • Confidentiality
  • Conduct

Circumstances of Alleged Breaches

PC Knowles used his personal mobile phone to obtain and distribute evidential material to other officers involved in a murder investigation. In doing so the officer breached West Midlands Police Social and Digital Media Policy. His actions had the potential to jeopardise the identification of the suspect.

PC Knowles attempted to conceal the fact that he had provided one of the officers with information relating to the suspect. He instructed the officer not to tell anyone and to delete his messages. PC Knowles did not include in his statement any reference to the fact that he had shared this information with the officer.


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