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1 November 2017

A police officer has been dismissed for gross misconduct after failing in her duty to support a victim of domestic abuse.

A panel, led by an Independent Legally Qualified Chair, found PC Dustine Harlow’s actions amounted to gross misconduct following a hearing held at Police HQ.

Supt Richard Corrigan said: “PC Harlow failed in her duty to protect a vulnerable victim of domestic abuse who was reporting a serious incident to us.

“The officer didn’t record the incident accurately or honestly on any of the Force’s recording systems, she failed to investigate the incident and didn’t offer the victim any follow-up support.

“As a Force we’re committed to supporting all victims of domestic abuse and the officer’s actions during this incident fell well below the standards expected of her.

“We work extremely hard with our partner agencies to safeguard domestic abuse victims and all frontline staff are trained to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and take positive and proactive action to protect victims.

“We use all the legislation available to us, including Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Domestic Violence Protection Orders. These measures are vital tools to keep offenders away from victims and give them the space and protection they need. 

“In 2016, we recorded 29,179 incidents of domestic abuse and successfully obtained 248 DVPNs and 223 DVPOs to protect victims. Between January and June this year we applied to the courts for 125 DVPOs, successfully obtaining 123 of them.

“We know domestic abuse continues to be under-reported and we don’t want the actions of any officer to deter people from reporting offences to us.”

The full Misconduct Hearing outcome is attached 

Related documents

  • PDF icon Outcome notice
    Last updated: 03 November 2017