Gwent Police Statement After Officer ‘Abused His Position’
Gwent Police broke their silence after learning that a former officer had been jailed for offenses committed while serving in the police force.
Earlier today, Paul Chadwick was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of misconduct in the performance of public office.
The offenses, which were committed when the 51-year-old was a police officer in Gwent, have been investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Following the conviction’s announcement, Gwent Police, who referred Chadwick to the IOPC in May 2020, condemned the actions of his former officer.
In a statement, Deputy Police Chief Amanda Blakeman said: “Paul Chadwick abused his privileged position to take advantage of two vulnerable women.
“As a policeman, he would have known that his actions were completely illegal.
“He is now facing the consequences of his totally unacceptable behavior. His shameful actions are the types of behavior that erode public confidence in the police.
“The vast majority of our agents work hard on a daily basis to provide excellent service and reassure our communities.
“We strongly oppose this form of behavior and it will never be tolerated in Gwent Police.”
It is understood that despite Chadwick’s withdrawal from the force in June 2021, Gwent Police are expected to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the former officer.
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What was heard in court?
Paul Chadwick, a former Gwent Force constable, pleaded guilty in an earlier court appearance to two counts of misconduct in the performance of public office, following an investigation by the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct).
The 51-year-old, of Churchwood, Griffithstown, Pontypool, admitted to having two inappropriate relationships with women while serving as an officer. He met the women in the course of his duties last year.
One of the relationships was between January and April 2020, and another between dates in May of last year.
Out of court, Catrin Evans, IOPC Director for Wales, said Chadwick had “abused the position of trust placed in him”.
His actions “had a considerable impact” on the two women, one of whom was “in a situation of great vulnerability”.
Ms Evans said: “Cases where officers abuse their position for sexual purposes are among the most serious examples of corruption we are investigating and have real potential to impact public confidence in the police.”