PC Andy Gardner Misconduct Hearing

Leicestershire Police

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Officer(s)

Constable (PC) Andy Gardner of Leicestershire Police View officer

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

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

Circumstances of Alleged Breaches

It is alleged that between November 2018 and March 2022 former Police Constable Andy Gardner breached the standards of professional behaviour, namely honesty & integrity, authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.

The allegations relate to another serving officer who he had been in a relationship with and his unlawful interference with her private social media accounts, resulting in a criminal conviction.

In November 2018 PC Gardner hacked a social media account and changed the password enabling him to access the account without the owner’s knowledge, which he kept hidden until he was arrested.

On 7 February 2020 PC Gardner was charged with an offence of computer misuse. On 17 June 2020, he pleaded guilty to the offence of computer misuse at Northampton Crown Court and was sentenced on the 7 March 2022 to a 12-month community order.

He was also made subject to a restraining order for three years preventing him from contacting or going within 100 metres of the woman he had the relationship with.

Outcome

Mon 26th Sep 2022

Allegations Proven

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

Sanction: Resigned

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Thu 22nd Sep 2022

Allegations Proven

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

Sanction: Resigned

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Leicestershire Police
  • Stats since 1st January 2022
  • 6 Misconduct Hearings
    50% held in public

Police service for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

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