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Officer dismissed following misconduct hearing

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An officer who behaved inappropriately towards colleagues has been dismissed without notice following a misconduct hearing.

The hearing, which was held at Police Headquarters, heard how PC H, who was based in Somerset, breached the standards of professional behaviour through his behaviour towards female colleagues.

The hearing was chaired by an independent Legally Qualified Chair.

Det Ch Insp Ayesha Giles, of Professional Standards, said: “The behaviour carried out by this officer towards his colleagues was inappropriate, unprofessional and unacceptable. It made his fellow officers feel deeply uncomfortable and they showed dignity and courage in speaking out about how his actions had affected them.

“Behaviour like this has no place in policing – because everyone who works for Avon and Somerset Police deserves to be treated with respect by their colleagues.

“We hope the outcome of this hearing demonstrates our ongoing commitment to rooting out misogynistic behaviour like this.

“It’s important for all police officers and staff to know that reports of inappropriate behaviour are taken extremely seriously, and full and thorough investigations will result when complaints are made.”

He will now be placed on the College of Policing’s Barred list to prevent him working in policing or other law enforcement agencies in the future.