A detective constable has been dismissed without notice for gross misconduct.
A special case hearing chaired by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh found that, 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.
The hearing was told the pair engaged in sexual conduct while on duty between January 2016 and August 2016.
The officer was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in the areas of authority, respect and courtesy; orders and instructions; duties and responsibilities; and discreditable conduct.
He was dismissed following the hearing at Chelmsford County Court today, Friday December 9.
After the hearing, 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.
“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.”
Meanwhile in a separate case a special constable has been dismissed for gross misconduct.
A special case hearing chaired by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh found that Steven Zajko breached the standards of professional behaviour in the areas of discreditable conduct and honesty and integrity. The hearing was told SC Zajko had a hair sample drugs test as part of an application to join Avon and Somerset Police in April 2016. He had claimed to have not consumed any illegal drugs and/or prescribed drugs.
But the results of a hair analysis were consistent with the use of cannabis between December 2015 and mid-April 2016.
During an interview in September, SC Zajko admitted he had smoked cannabis in March or April 2016.
The special constable, who was based in Thurrock, was dismissed for gross misconduct following the hearing at Chelmsford County Court today, Friday December 9.
After the hearing, Mr Kavanagh said: “I have taken into consideration the personal circumstances of the special constable in this case.
“However, officers are expected to deal with those who take drugs as part of their daily responsibilities, so the smoking of cannabis compromises both the standards and reputation of the police service.
“Public confidence in the police is a matter of the utmost importance.
“SC Zajko showed clear dishonesty by lying during the drugs test procedure. The test was part of a process designed to ensure potential policing recruits have the right character to become a police officer, and sadly he was prepared to lie to undermine that process.”