Gross misconduct proven against former Essex Police officer

A former Essex Police officer has been found to have committed gross misconduct as a result of his behaviour towards two female fellow officers.

PC Jamie Ellis was socialising whilst off duty in May 2021 when he inappropriately touched a female officer without her consent and made a series of unsolicited and inappropriate sexual comments towards another off duty female officer.

That behaviour was challenged by a fellow male officer on the night.

An investigation was launched and a virtual gross misconduct hearing was held on May 16.

The panel, chaired by Independent Legally Qualified Chair Ms Lyndsey De- Mestre, has now found the allegations proven and PC Ellis had breached standards relating to authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.

The panel found if PC Ellis had not already resigned, he would have been dismissed.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Prophet said: “I expect the highest standards of behaviour from officers and staff, both on duty and off duty.

“Being a police officer means you have a responsibility to protect and serve our communities. On this occasion, the actions of PC Ellis fell far below the standards I expect and the public of Essex deserves.

“Behaviour such as that displayed by PC Ellis has no place in policing or indeed within society more generally.

“The vast majority of officers and staff carry their duties brilliantly, committed to catching criminals and keeping people safe.”

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Mick Ferris

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