Northumbria policeman sacked for gross misconduct after ‘abusing his position for sexual purposes’
PC Callum McLennan was summarily fired after being found guilty of serious misconduct while trying to pursue a relationship with the woman who reported the incident.
The disciplinary panel, which concluded on Monday September 5, heard that PC McLennan sent “personal and unprofessional messages” to the woman between February 4 and February 27, 2021.
An investigation by the Independent Office for Police Ethics (IOPC) found the posts were “suggestive” and included personal statements with the use of kisses and references to his own private life and relationship status.
PC McLennan also “seems to have encouraged” the woman to contact him on Facebook.
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The panel heard how the officer initially used text messages to update the woman on the outcome of the incident he witnessed.
However, during the interview, PC McLennan admitted that after meeting the woman in a professional capacity, he tried to develop a relationship with her via text message.
IOPC Fund Regional Director Thea Walton said: ‘Police officers are held to high standards when it comes to their interactions with members of the public and are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner. When police officers or staff abuse their position for sexual purposes, that is serious corruption and has absolutely no place in policing.
“PC McLennan’s actions were unacceptable and this case is another example of how our work is helping to solve the problem. But, ultimately, we need all police forces to act to eradicate this type of behavior and that will require a zero-tolerance approach backed by decisive and consistent action from those responsible.
“We are always extremely grateful to courageous people who speak out about inappropriate behavior they have experienced or witnessed. We want people to feel empowered to speak up if they believe an officer has acted improperly. inappropriate way.
Investigators analyzed cellphones and obtained statements from other officers who witnessed the initial incident, as well as the officer’s supervisor.
The investigation began in April 2021 after the IOPC received a conduct recommendation from Northumbria Police. In October 2021, the IOPC Fund decided that PC McLennan should be subject to serious misconduct proceedings.