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Police officer dismissed for gross misconduct

December 1, 2017
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A police officer has been dismissed from Nottinghamshire Police this morning (Friday, 1 December 2017) after a Special Case Hearing by Chief Constable Craig Guildford.

PC Ben Bradshaw, 37, based at Watnall, admitted gross misconduct and misconduct which breached the standards expected of him in relation to honesty and integrity, authority, respect and courtesy, discreditable conduct and orders and instructions between June 2012 and April 2016.

Bradshaw was found to have sent inappropriate, flirtatious and suggestive text messages from his police BlackBerry, and personal phone on one occasion, to women whom he had come into contact with in the line of his work as a police officer, for his own personal gain. Many of these women were vulnerable victims of crime which compounded his thoroughly discreditable behaviour and undermined public trust.

Chief Constable Guildford dismissed the officer and delivered his findings to a Public Hearing stating: “Reputationally the conduct is thoroughly discreditable and undermines all the hard work which dedicated and professional officers and staff undertake in supporting vulnerable victims on a daily basis. Consequently dismissal is the most commensurate and appropriate outcome.”

Whilst nearly all our police officers are committed to protecting the public, we have to be alive to the fact that on very rare occasions individuals can let themselves, the public and the service down. We have a strong and determined track record in identifying and holding such individuals to account. Anyone who has a concern that a police officer has abused their position of trust can contact the Nottinghamshire Police Counter Corruption Unit on 0115 9672755.  Such reports are dealt with in the strictest confidence and you have the option to remain anonymous.

101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls cost 15p, no matter how long the call lasts.