September 25th, 2016

West Mercia police officer dismissed from force for gross misconduct

West Mercia police officer dismissed from force for gross misconduct West Mercia police officer dismissed from force for gross misconduct

AN officer with West Mercia Police has been dismissed from the service with immediate effect for Gross Misconduct.

Constable Matthew Caesar was dismissed following a Public Misconduct Hearing that concluded on Monday (July 11, 2016).

The hearing was conducted by Douglas Readings, an independent legally qualified chair and follows a Professional Standards Investigation that commenced after allegations that the officer had engaged in inappropriate contact with vulnerable adult victims, who he had met whilst on duty and had used electronic police systems inappropriately.

Detective Superintendent Gary Watson, head of Professional Standards for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said: “The Misconduct Hearing found that the behaviour of Police Constable Matthew Caesar fell below the standards we expect from our officers and staff and amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour, namely Honesty and Integrity, Discreditable Conduct, Confidentiality and Authority, Respect and Courtesy.

“This fell outside the expectations made clear in our Code of Ethics and it is for this reason he was dismissed.”

The officer had completed seven years service with West Mercia Police, most recently based in South Worcestershire.

The outcome of the Misconduct Hearing is subject to the normal appeals process.

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