Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached
Sanction: Dismissal Without Notice
A serving Essex Police officer has been sacked from the force for data protection breaches.
PC Laura Welsh obtained and disclosed personal data relating to friends and family during a 3year period, breaching the Data Protection Act.
In January 2021 PC Welsh accepted a conditional caution for the offence of obtaining and disclosing personal data.
Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington chaired an accelerated misconduct hearing on Friday 7 January 2022.
PC Welsh, who was based in the force control room at the time of the offences, was dismissed and will be placed on the College of Policing Police Barred List.
Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said: “We police with consent and this is built upon having broad public trust and confidence. Ensuring we use and keep data lawfully and use it to prevent and detect crime is an important part of maintaining that trust.
“PC Welsh did not have any lawful policing purpose to access the information from police systems and her actions undermined this trust”.
“Everyone in Essex Police knows the importance of keeping personal data safe and secure. They are trained and regularly reminded of their responsibilities when it comes to accessing information.
“PC Welsh’s actions let down her colleagues and the public.
“Essex Police will continue to work hard to keep data safe and secure”
- Stats since 1st January 2022
9 Misconduct Hearings
78% held in public
Essex Police is a territorial police force responsible for policing the county of Essex in the east of England.