Management Chief Bakes 6,479 Posted December 14, 2016 Management Share Posted December 14, 2016 An Essex Police detective constable has been dismissed after having sex while on duty and sending “offensive” emails on force systems. The detective constable – who the force decided would not be identified – was found to have committed gross misconduct. He and a police staff member engaged in “sexual conduct” while on duty on more than one occasion, the force said. The staff member was given a written warning following separate disciplinary proceedings. A statement from the force said: “Between May 2014 and January 2015, the officer used the force’s email system to send comments that were sexist, disrespectful and inappropriate about his colleagues. “Between October 2015 and August 2016 he used the force’s email system to send inappropriate sexual emails to a colleague, which included making arrangements to meet in order to engage in sexual conduct whilst on duty.” It added the “sexual conduct” took place while on duty between January and August this year. The DC was dismissed at a special case hearing at Chelmsford County Court on Friday. It was ruled the officer would not be named publicly "owing to the sensitive nature of the alleged conduct". Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: "The officer was engaging in sexual activity when he was on duty and being paid to investigate crimes and support victims. "The amount of time wasted that could have ultimately been used to bring prosecutions against offenders is disgraceful. "He has let down the victims he was meant to be supporting, his colleagues who strive every day to keep the county’s most vulnerable people safe, and ultimately the residents of Essex. "I also note the deeply offensive and sexist nature of the wording and language in the emails sent between May 2014 and January 2015." He added: "The holding of office of constable carries with it significant responsibilities and those who hold the office are expected by both me and the public to demonstrate sound values, judgment and character. "This officer has shown a complete lack of values, judgment and character and there is no place in Essex Police for anyone who conducts themselves in such a way." View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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