Upcoming Police Misconduct Hearings 26 Aug 2022 – 8 Sep 2022

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5-Day Summary

Fri 26th August 2022, 10:00am Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

PC Colin McMeekin     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

It is alleged that between 29th May 2019 and 28th September 2019 PC McMeekin gained access to a vulnerable elderly member of the public’s bank accounts by obtaining signatures on 2 non MPS letters of authority. It is alleged that he then took a quantity of money over a 4 month period from the accounts without permission and informed other officers that this was all part of an agreed care plan and was approved by line managers which was not the case.
The matters set out above are individually and/or collectively so serious that they amount to gross misconduct.

The hearing is to last 5 days.

Tue 30th August 2022, (time not published) Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Commander Julian Bennett     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Allegation one

Discreditable Conduct: It is alleged that between February 2019 and 21 July 2020 whilst off duty Cdr Bennett used controlled drugs. It is alleged that Cdr Bennett’s behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation two

Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions, Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett refused to comply with a lawful order to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test, having been informed that there was reasonable cause to suspect that he had used controlled drugs.

It is alleged that Cdr Bennett refused to provide a sample in order to conceal the fact that he had used cannabis, that he did not have a good reason for failing to comply with such a lawful order, and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation three

Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett provided an explanation for refusing to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test that he knew to be untrue and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Tue 30th August 2022, 10:00am PSD offices, 4th Floor FHQ, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN

PC Ian Pinnell     –     British Transport Police,

It is alleged that between March 2020 and September 2021, whilst working with other colleagues, former officer PC Pinnell would incessantly introduce topics of a sexual nature into conversations or would incessantly use sexual innuendos. In addition, he would repeatedly talk about his sex life with his colleagues and ask them about their sex lives. When working with two female officers, he said or used words to the effect “eyes not there, here”. At the same time as making that comment he would signal initially to the area of his penis and then to their eyes;

On a date unknown but in about March / April 2020, whilst talking with a male officer in the Stratford office it is alleged that former officer PC Pinnell patted and stroked the upper part of the back of his right thigh just below his bottom cheek. This action was unsolicited and inappropriate. It resulted in the officer feeling uncomfortable.

On or about 25 May 2021 former officer PC Pinnell gave a female officer a gift. The gift was a pen with a moulding of a penis on the top. You packaged it in a box which had previously contained a sexual aid (a dildo / vibrator) and then wrapped the box. The box was clear that it was packaging for a sexual aid. The gift was unsolicited. Having unwrapped the package in front of her husband the female officer reasonably understood the gift to be a sexual aid. The giving of this unsolicited gift in this manner was inappropriate and led to discomfort and upset for the female officer and further caused difficulties in her relationship with her husband.

Tue 30th August 2022, 10:00am Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters

EX PC Muhammad Khan     –     Nottinghamshire Police,

It is alleged that former Police Constable Khan breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour by accessing Police information systems and viewing records relating to an off-duty incident he was involved in.

Tue 30th August 2022, 10:00am Main Conference Room, MDP Headquarters, Palmer Pavilion, RAF Wyton, Huntingdon, PE28 2EA

Superintendent Christopher Yates     –     Ministry of Defence Police,

It is alleged that on 6 May 2020, Superintendent Yates deliberately exposed himself and committed a lewd act in public.

Tue 30th August 2022, (time not published) (Location unknown)

PC Q 13821 Christian Bolger     –     Greater Manchester Police,

No further information has been provided by the force about the alleged Standards of professional behavior which were breached.

Hearings List (14 days)

Fri 26th August 2022, 10:00am

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PC Colin McMeekin     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

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

It is not currently known whether the hearing is to be held in private or public.

It is alleged that between 29th May 2019 and 28th September 2019 PC McMeekin gained access to a vulnerable elderly member of the public’s bank accounts by obtaining signatures on 2 non MPS letters of authority. It is alleged that he then took a quantity of money over a 4 month period from the accounts without permission and informed other officers that this was all part of an agreed care plan and was approved by line managers which was not the case.
The matters set out above are individually and/or collectively so serious that they amount to gross misconduct.

The hearing is to last 5 days.

Tue 30th August 2022, (time not published)

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Commander Julian Bennett     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Orders and instructions
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

Allegation one

Discreditable Conduct: It is alleged that between February 2019 and 21 July 2020 whilst off duty Cdr Bennett used controlled drugs. It is alleged that Cdr Bennett’s behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation two

Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions, Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett refused to comply with a lawful order to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test, having been informed that there was reasonable cause to suspect that he had used controlled drugs.

It is alleged that Cdr Bennett refused to provide a sample in order to conceal the fact that he had used cannabis, that he did not have a good reason for failing to comply with such a lawful order, and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation three

Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett provided an explanation for refusing to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test that he knew to be untrue and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Tue 30th August 2022, 10:00am

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PC Ian Pinnell     –     British Transport Police,

PSD offices, 4th Floor FHQ, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

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

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that between March 2020 and September 2021, whilst working with other colleagues, former officer PC Pinnell would incessantly introduce topics of a sexual nature into conversations or would incessantly use sexual innuendos. In addition, he would repeatedly talk about his sex life with his colleagues and ask them about their sex lives. When working with two female officers, he said or used words to the effect “eyes not there, here”. At the same time as making that comment he would signal initially to the area of his penis and then to their eyes;

On a date unknown but in about March / April 2020, whilst talking with a male officer in the Stratford office it is alleged that former officer PC Pinnell patted and stroked the upper part of the back of his right thigh just below his bottom cheek. This action was unsolicited and inappropriate. It resulted in the officer feeling uncomfortable.

On or about 25 May 2021 former officer PC Pinnell gave a female officer a gift. The gift was a pen with a moulding of a penis on the top. You packaged it in a box which had previously contained a sexual aid (a dildo / vibrator) and then wrapped the box. The box was clear that it was packaging for a sexual aid. The gift was unsolicited. Having unwrapped the package in front of her husband the female officer reasonably understood the gift to be a sexual aid. The giving of this unsolicited gift in this manner was inappropriate and led to discomfort and upset for the female officer and further caused difficulties in her relationship with her husband.

Tue 30th August 2022, 10:00am

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EX PC Muhammad Khan     –     Nottinghamshire Police,

Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Orders and instructions
  • Confidentiality

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that former Police Constable Khan breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour by accessing Police information systems and viewing records relating to an off-duty incident he was involved in.

Tue 30th August 2022, 10:00am

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Superintendent Christopher Yates     –     Ministry of Defence Police,

Main Conference Room, MDP Headquarters, Palmer Pavilion, RAF Wyton, Huntingdon, PE28 2EA

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that on 6 May 2020, Superintendent Yates deliberately exposed himself and committed a lewd act in public.

Tue 30th August 2022, (time not published)

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PC Q 13821 Christian Bolger     –     Greater Manchester Police,

(Location unknown)

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

No further information has been provided by the force about the alleged Standards of professional behavior which were breached.

Wed 31st August 2022, (time not published)

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Commander Julian Bennett     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Orders and instructions
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

Allegation one

Discreditable Conduct: It is alleged that between February 2019 and 21 July 2020 whilst off duty Cdr Bennett used controlled drugs. It is alleged that Cdr Bennett’s behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation two

Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions, Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett refused to comply with a lawful order to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test, having been informed that there was reasonable cause to suspect that he had used controlled drugs.

It is alleged that Cdr Bennett refused to provide a sample in order to conceal the fact that he had used cannabis, that he did not have a good reason for failing to comply with such a lawful order, and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation three

Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett provided an explanation for refusing to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test that he knew to be untrue and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Wed 31st August 2022, 10:00am

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PC Neil Giffard     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On 5 April 2022, whilst off duty, PC Giffard was observed by officers in plain clothes in a believed exchange with a male on a moped. PC Giffard was detained and searched under Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. He was found to be in possession of three self-sealing bags containing white crystals. He was arrested and the crystals sent for laboratory analysis.

On 7 May 2022 laboratory analysis confirmed that the crystals contained 2.9g of Methylamphetamine Hydrochloride, a Class A controlled drug.

On 7 June 2022, at Croydon Magistrates’ Court, PC Giffard pleaded guilty to the offence of possession of a controlled substance. He was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of £400, £40 to fund victim services and £85 costs. This is a total of £525. The behaviour set out above is alleged to amount to gross misconduct and, if proven, would justify PC Giffard’s dismissal from The Metropolitan Police Service without notice.

Wed 31st August 2022, 10:00am

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PC Ian Pinnell     –     British Transport Police,

PSD offices, 4th Floor FHQ, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

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

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that between March 2020 and September 2021, whilst working with other colleagues, former officer PC Pinnell would incessantly introduce topics of a sexual nature into conversations or would incessantly use sexual innuendos. In addition, he would repeatedly talk about his sex life with his colleagues and ask them about their sex lives. When working with two female officers, he said or used words to the effect “eyes not there, here”. At the same time as making that comment he would signal initially to the area of his penis and then to their eyes;

On a date unknown but in about March / April 2020, whilst talking with a male officer in the Stratford office it is alleged that former officer PC Pinnell patted and stroked the upper part of the back of his right thigh just below his bottom cheek. This action was unsolicited and inappropriate. It resulted in the officer feeling uncomfortable.

On or about 25 May 2021 former officer PC Pinnell gave a female officer a gift. The gift was a pen with a moulding of a penis on the top. You packaged it in a box which had previously contained a sexual aid (a dildo / vibrator) and then wrapped the box. The box was clear that it was packaging for a sexual aid. The gift was unsolicited. Having unwrapped the package in front of her husband the female officer reasonably understood the gift to be a sexual aid. The giving of this unsolicited gift in this manner was inappropriate and led to discomfort and upset for the female officer and further caused difficulties in her relationship with her husband.

Wed 31st August 2022, 10:00am

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Superintendent Christopher Yates     –     Ministry of Defence Police,

Main Conference Room, MDP Headquarters, Palmer Pavilion, RAF Wyton, Huntingdon, PE28 2EA

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that on 6 May 2020, Superintendent Yates deliberately exposed himself and committed a lewd act in public.

Thu 1st September 2022, 10:00am

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PC 21175 Andrew HOPE     –     West Mercia Police,

West Mercia Police Headquarters, Hindlip, Worcester

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

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

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that between 15 and 18 September 2019, PC HOPE:

  • Engaged in inappropriate and unprofessional communication with “Female B,” a woman he met through the course of his duties using his force issue mobile phone, and
  • Attempted to conceal his inappropriate communication with her by moving the contact onto social media, and
  • Failed to notify the Head of Professional Standards of the nature of his contact with “Miss B,” contrary to West Mercia Force policy, and
  • Obtained a witness statement from “Female B,” when he knew, or ought to have known that this was not appropriate considering the manner in which he had previously engaged with her and by doing so could have compromised a live criminal investigation.

It is alleged that between the 21 and 22 February 2021, PC HOPE:

  • Engaged in inappropriate and unprofessional communication with “Female A,” a woman he met through the course of his duties using his force issue mobile phone, and
  • Failed to notify the Head of Professional Standards of the nature of his contact with “Miss A,” contrary to West Mercia Force policy.
  • It is alleged that on or about the 23 December 2019, PC HOPE made inappropriate use of his force issue mobile phone to download and store a sexually explicit image of a female for a non-policing purpose.

Thu 1st September 2022, (time not published)

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Commander Julian Bennett     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Orders and instructions
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

Allegation one

Discreditable Conduct: It is alleged that between February 2019 and 21 July 2020 whilst off duty Cdr Bennett used controlled drugs. It is alleged that Cdr Bennett’s behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation two

Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions, Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett refused to comply with a lawful order to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test, having been informed that there was reasonable cause to suspect that he had used controlled drugs.

It is alleged that Cdr Bennett refused to provide a sample in order to conceal the fact that he had used cannabis, that he did not have a good reason for failing to comply with such a lawful order, and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation three

Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett provided an explanation for refusing to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test that he knew to be untrue and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Thu 1st September 2022, 10:00am

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PC Ian Pinnell     –     British Transport Police,

PSD offices, 4th Floor FHQ, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

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

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that between March 2020 and September 2021, whilst working with other colleagues, former officer PC Pinnell would incessantly introduce topics of a sexual nature into conversations or would incessantly use sexual innuendos. In addition, he would repeatedly talk about his sex life with his colleagues and ask them about their sex lives. When working with two female officers, he said or used words to the effect “eyes not there, here”. At the same time as making that comment he would signal initially to the area of his penis and then to their eyes;

On a date unknown but in about March / April 2020, whilst talking with a male officer in the Stratford office it is alleged that former officer PC Pinnell patted and stroked the upper part of the back of his right thigh just below his bottom cheek. This action was unsolicited and inappropriate. It resulted in the officer feeling uncomfortable.

On or about 25 May 2021 former officer PC Pinnell gave a female officer a gift. The gift was a pen with a moulding of a penis on the top. You packaged it in a box which had previously contained a sexual aid (a dildo / vibrator) and then wrapped the box. The box was clear that it was packaging for a sexual aid. The gift was unsolicited. Having unwrapped the package in front of her husband the female officer reasonably understood the gift to be a sexual aid. The giving of this unsolicited gift in this manner was inappropriate and led to discomfort and upset for the female officer and further caused difficulties in her relationship with her husband.

Fri 2nd September 2022, (time not published)

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Commander Julian Bennett     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Orders and instructions
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

Allegation one

Discreditable Conduct: It is alleged that between February 2019 and 21 July 2020 whilst off duty Cdr Bennett used controlled drugs. It is alleged that Cdr Bennett’s behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation two

Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions, Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett refused to comply with a lawful order to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test, having been informed that there was reasonable cause to suspect that he had used controlled drugs.

It is alleged that Cdr Bennett refused to provide a sample in order to conceal the fact that he had used cannabis, that he did not have a good reason for failing to comply with such a lawful order, and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation three

Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett provided an explanation for refusing to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test that he knew to be untrue and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Fri 2nd September 2022, 10:00am

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PC Ian Pinnell     –     British Transport Police,

PSD offices, 4th Floor FHQ, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

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

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that between March 2020 and September 2021, whilst working with other colleagues, former officer PC Pinnell would incessantly introduce topics of a sexual nature into conversations or would incessantly use sexual innuendos. In addition, he would repeatedly talk about his sex life with his colleagues and ask them about their sex lives. When working with two female officers, he said or used words to the effect “eyes not there, here”. At the same time as making that comment he would signal initially to the area of his penis and then to their eyes;

On a date unknown but in about March / April 2020, whilst talking with a male officer in the Stratford office it is alleged that former officer PC Pinnell patted and stroked the upper part of the back of his right thigh just below his bottom cheek. This action was unsolicited and inappropriate. It resulted in the officer feeling uncomfortable.

On or about 25 May 2021 former officer PC Pinnell gave a female officer a gift. The gift was a pen with a moulding of a penis on the top. You packaged it in a box which had previously contained a sexual aid (a dildo / vibrator) and then wrapped the box. The box was clear that it was packaging for a sexual aid. The gift was unsolicited. Having unwrapped the package in front of her husband the female officer reasonably understood the gift to be a sexual aid. The giving of this unsolicited gift in this manner was inappropriate and led to discomfort and upset for the female officer and further caused difficulties in her relationship with her husband.

Sat 3rd September 2022, (time not published)

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Commander Julian Bennett     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Orders and instructions
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

Allegation one

Discreditable Conduct: It is alleged that between February 2019 and 21 July 2020 whilst off duty Cdr Bennett used controlled drugs. It is alleged that Cdr Bennett’s behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation two

Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions, Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett refused to comply with a lawful order to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test, having been informed that there was reasonable cause to suspect that he had used controlled drugs.

It is alleged that Cdr Bennett refused to provide a sample in order to conceal the fact that he had used cannabis, that he did not have a good reason for failing to comply with such a lawful order, and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Allegation three

Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct
It is alleged that on 21 July 2020 Cdr Bennett provided an explanation for refusing to provide a sample for a with cause drugs test that he knew to be untrue and that his behaviour brings discredit upon the police service and undermines confidence in it.

Mon 5th September 2022, 10:00am

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PC 1578 McLennan     –     Northumbria Police,

Old Magistrates Building, Estcourt Terrace, Goole, DN14 5AF

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Conduct

It is not currently known whether the hearing is to be held in private or public.

It is alleged that, after dealing with a concern for safety call from domestic premises, the officer sent the female involved in making the call a number of WhatsApp messages, which were considered unprofessional and personal with a motive to develop a relationship with the female.

Tue 6th September 2022, 10:00am

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PC 1578 McLennan     –     Northumbria Police,

Old Magistrates Building, Estcourt Terrace, Goole, DN14 5AF

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Conduct

It is not currently known whether the hearing is to be held in private or public.

It is alleged that, after dealing with a concern for safety call from domestic premises, the officer sent the female involved in making the call a number of WhatsApp messages, which were considered unprofessional and personal with a motive to develop a relationship with the female.

Thu 8th September 2022, 10:30am

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Officer X     –     Sussex Police,

Force Headquarters

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

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

The hearing is to be held in public.

He knowingly provided false and misleading information in his application to become a constable with Sussex police and for the purpose of vetting.
He stole a controlled substance, diazepam, which was evidence in a live criminal investigation, from police property and falsified evidence bags to seek to hide his actions.
He engaged in a sexual act with a member of police staff, Female A, at Brighton Police station.

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