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Kent Police rapped after officer preyed on 'vulnerable' women victims on patrol

Tuesday 20th April 2021

A MAIDSTONE Kent Police employee, who had inappropriate relationships with vulnerable women victims of crime he met on patrol, has been dismissed for the force.
His sacking without notice follows an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation into gross misconduct.
Kent Police was rapped over the knuckles about its processes in overseeing and recording work of staff who meet members of the public.
The IOPC found he had used his work phone to make a large amount of calls to women he met through his role as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO).
An IOPC statement said: "Evidence gathered by our investigators indicated that he was in touch with the women over several months and some of these communications had occurred when the officer was off duty or on sickness leave."
In March, a disciplinary panel decided the PCSO breached the standards of professional behaviour for authority, respect and courtesy. 
IOPC regional director Graham Beesley said: “We are working hard to ensure police forces refer all allegations of abuse of position for sexual purpose to us and we continue to help identify this abuse of trust as early as possible.”
The referred the case to the IOPC in March 2019 and concluded in May 2020. 
Kent Police has been told to:
Improve oversight of PCSOs and more effective recording of their work;
To ensure officers and staff with Body Worn Video (BWV) are aware of the retention category related to vulnerable people;
For Kent Police to provide their operational employees with clarity on the different definitions of the term ‘vulnerable’;
The PCSO will be placed on the barred list preventing him from future employment with the Police Service.

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