• 8 August 2022 01:45

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Former Student Officer sent sexual and graphic messages to colleagues.

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Jul 26, 2022

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A student officer would have been dismissed if he’d not resigned, following a misconduct hearing which was heard today (26 July).

Former PC George Mitchell began training with us in April this year. He had attended an induction meeting in March. He then sent a number of social media messages to fellow female colleagues of a graphic and sexual nature.

He also followed a fellow female student office home after work which was unwanted and distressing for her.

Mitchell breached our standards of professional behaviour. He resigned, but in a hearing chaired by Chief Constable Sir David Thompson, he found he would have been dismissed.

He said: “Mr Mitchell is wholly responsible for his behaviour. It is unwanted by any of these officers who were embarking with excitement on a new career. The nature of this communication is abhorrent and he exploited the obvious desire of new officers to make new friends to advance his sexual motives.

“Cases of sexual impropriety undermine trust in the police service.

“I am relieved Mr Mitchell’s behaviour was detected before he ever became an operational police officer. He certainly has no place in the police service which cares for the most vulnerable and he would have been dismissed without notice if he had been serving.

He will also be added to the College of Policing Barring Register.

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