Police officer dismissed for gross misconduct

An Essex Police officer has been found to have committed gross misconduct following an accelerated misconduct hearing.

A misconduct panel, chaired by Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington, found PC David Hiscock breached two of the standards of professional behaviour in relation to authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct, which amounted to gross misconduct.

It was alleged that he touched the backside of a younger female member of police staff on two occasions without consent.

At the hearing held at Essex Police Headquarters, Chelmsford, on Tuesday February 6, the chief constable found the allegations proven.

Hiscock was dismissed without notice.

Chief Constable Harrington said: “Each and every member of the Essex Police family rightly expect a safe, respectful and inclusive working environment where they can do their best to protect and serve the people of Essex free from unprofessional behaviour from a minority of colleagues who simply do not share our values.

“We are committed to making our force, county and communities safe for everyone and in particular, whether in the street, in private or inside Essex Police we will continue to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). This remains a priority for us.

“PC David Hiscock took advantage of his position as a longer serving officer. His behaviour was completely unacceptable, and his actions fell below the standards we expect. As a result, there is no place for him in policing or in Essex Police.”

“To make matters worse PC David Hiscock had been given a previous Final Written Warning that he did not learn from.”

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On Monday February 19, a panel found allegations against another officer proven.

This was rgarding allegations that former PC Dayn Rawlings had behaved inappropriately towards a female colleague and had repeatedly exhibited unwanted advances of an intimate nature.

The panel concluded that Rawlings would have been dismissed, had he not already resigned from the force.

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