In accordance with the Police Conduct Regulations, we are required to publish the following information:
An Accelerated gross misconduct disciplinary hearing was held by Northamptonshire Police virtually on 16th February 2023, in relation to former Special Constable WB and chaired by Chief Constable Nick Adderley.
It was alleged that the officer concerned breached the standards of professional behaviour between January 2019 and November 2021 in respect of his access to inappropriate sexual material and behaviour towards vulnerable females.
After receiving intelligence, Northamptonshire Police executed a search warrant and seized computer equipment containing indecent photographs of children and extreme pornography.
It was alleged that the officer concerned breached the standards of professional behaviour relating to:
• Discreditable Conduct • Honesty and Integrity
The former special constable had resigned from Northamptonshire Police prior to the hearing being held and did not attend the hearing.
The Chief Constable considered the available evidence and found that the conduct would seriously undermine public confidence in the police, that it evidenced the officer’s behaviour was dishonest and lacked integrity and that the conduct was seriously inappropriate and therefore amounted to Gross Misconduct.
The Chief Constable determined that, had the former special constable still been a serving police officer, he would have been dismissed without notice.
The Chief Constable noted that the misconduct case was subject to criminal investigation and whilst the hearing was to be in public for transparency purposes the former special constable’s name was to be referred to by their initials only so as not to jeopardise the criminal case.
In his written determination on the case, the Chief Constable concluded: “Without question, had this person still have been a serving officer, he would have been dismissed without notice and I now make a request that he be placed on the College of Policing barring list, ensuring that he never again work in policing.”