Met officer dismissed over inappropriate behaviour towards junior colleague

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A serving Met detective has been dismissed without notice after a professional standards investigation into sexual harassment.

Detective Sergeant Marvin Turner, who was attached to the East Area Command Unit, was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour with regard to discreditable conduct and authority, and respect and courtesy.

This follows a report from a female officer that in June 2021, whilst on night duty, DS Turner made sexualised and/or sexually harassing comments to her and touched her in a sexual manner without her consent.

Following the investigation by officers from the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, a report was submitted to senior officers who found he had a case to answer for gross misconduct.

The matter was also investigated criminally. However, it was determined that the case did not meet the threshold for a referral to the Crown Prosecution Service.

After hearing all of the evidence, the panel, led by an independent legally qualified chair, determined that DS Turner should be dismissed without notice.

Supt Martin Rolston, from the East Area Command Unit which includes Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering, said: “It is clear that DS Marvin Turner has no place in policing.

“His actions are thoroughly reprehensible. He took advantage of his position as a supervising officer to put a junior colleague in a very unpleasant situation

“His behaviour was repugnant and falls well below the standard we – and the public – expect.

“It is right that he has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service.”

DS Turner will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

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