DC Nicholas Pointon Sacked For Gross Misconduct After Inappropriate Relationship With Member Of The Public

On Thursday 3rd December 2020 a Misconduct Hearing was concluded in relation to the conduct of DC Nicholas Pointon in respect of the seven allegations as set out below.

From the 15th March 2019 DC Pointon engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a member of the public with whom he came into contact with during the course of his duties as a police office when his police vehicle was involved in a minor road traffic collision and pursued the relationship whilst on and off duty. This was in breach of the following Standard of Professional Behaviour;

Honesty and Integrity
Discreditable Conduct

On 22nd March 2019 DC Pointon used police computer systems to obtain the home address of a member of the public. DC Pointon went to visit their home address on the same date, a short time after having obtained their address. There was no proper policing purpose for the accessing of the address from the police computer system and he did so to pursue an inappropriate relationship with them. This is in breach of the following Standards of Professional Behaviour;

Honesty and Integrity
Confidentiality
Duties and Responsibilities
Discreditable Conduct

DC Pointon made a dishonest entry in his pocket notebook concerning the use of police computer systems to obtain the home address of the member of the public. DC Pointon made an entry in his pocket notebook for Friday 15th March 2019 where he recorded the road traffic collision. DC Pointon entered the text in his pocket notebook sometime after he had accessed police computer systems on 22nd March 2019 so as to create the impression that he had accessed police computer systems on 15th March 2019 for a proper policing purpose relating to the road traffic collision. This is in breach of the following Standard of Professional Behaviour;

Honesty and Integrity
Discreditable Conduct

On the 16th October 2019 DC Pointon signed a witness statement in which he falsely stated that contact with the member of the public was made outside his working hours. This is in breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour;

Honesty and Integrity

DC Pointon deleted most of the contents of his electronic devices, namely his personal mobile phone, work issue mobile phone and work issue tablet prior to their seizure in connection with the investigation. DC Pointon carried out the deletion to prevent evidence of his inappropriate relationship with the member of the public being seen by Investigators. This is in breach of the following Standard of Professional Behaviour;

Honesty and Integrity
Discreditable Conduct

On 22nd March 2019 DC Pointon took an unauthorised absence whilst on duty in order to attend the home address of the member of the public. There was no proper policing purpose for this visit and DC Pointon did so to pursue an inappropriate relationship with them. This was in breach of the following Standard of Professional Behaviour;

Honesty and Integrity
Duties and Responsibilities

On 22nd March 2019 DC Pointon made improper and unauthorised use of a police vehicle in order to visit the member of public at their home address. There was no proper policing purpose for DC Pointon to attend the home address and he did so to pursue an inappropriate relationship with them. This is in breach of the following Standard of Professional Behaviour;

Honesty and Integrity
Duties and Responsibilities
Gross Misconduct was proven on allegations 1,2,3,5,6 and 7 and the officer has been dismissed without notice. Allegation 4 was not proven.

Staffordshire Police
  • Stats since 1st January 2022
  • 5 Misconduct Hearings
    100% held in public

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