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Misconduct Findings

Forthcoming Misconduct Hearings

Former Police Superintendent Michael Rogers has been directed to attend a misconduct hearing to be convened at 10am on Wednesday 27 October 2021 and conducted by Derek Marshall (Legally Qualified Chair) Detective Chief Superintendent Ben Hargreaves (professional member) and Jennifer Macdonald (independent member) to answer allegations (in summary) that he:

  • Used hire and/or pool vehicles for work when he knew he should not do so.
  • Used hire and/or pool vehicles for private journeys when he knew that he should not do so.
  • Knowingly declared less private mileage than he had travelled.
  • Submitted claims for expenses that he had not incurred

The allegations are all denied by Mr Rogers.  The hearing will be conducted in public.

 

Misconduct Findings

In July 2015 Police Forces were required to conduct misconduct hearings in public, unless there was a specific reason not to do so. Information about the misconduct hearings held in the last 24 months are listed below. 

 

Hearing Date

Officer Rank

Summary of misconduct

Outcome

30/09/2021

Constable

It was alleged that Police Constable Sean Ford breached the standards of professional behaviour of honesty and integrity, authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct. It was found that PC Ford had conducted an inappropriate sexual relationship with a vulnerable woman after taking a statement from her in connection with an investigation. He had known the woman previously for a number of years before this incident.

 

He was dismissed from the Force after being found guilty of gross misconduct. Click here to read the full findings report.

11/05/2021

 

A former officer was found guilty of gross misconduct for dishonestly claiming a discount on his Council Tax that he was not entitled to and for attempting to cover up his dishonesty.

The Panel determined that if he had still been an officer he would have been dismissed.

 

15/05/2020

Inspector

An internal investigation established that over a prolonged period of time, Inspector Bulloch pursued and engaged in sexual activity with members of the public and colleagues and was often on duty at the time. It was further established that Inspector Bulloch had consistently and repeatedly abused his privileged position as a police officer for sexual purposes. The investigation also established that Inspector Bulloch had dishonestly misled this and previous investigations. When alert to the extent of the evidence, Inspector Bulloch admitted allegations accepting that his conduct fell well below that expected and that his conduct amounted to gross misconduct.

Inspector Bulloch resigned from Dorset Police on 14 May 2020.  A Special Case Hearing took place on 15 May 2020, chaired by Chief Constable James Vaughan. Mr Vaughan determined that inspector had breached the Standards of Professional behaviour, namely Honesty & Integrity; Authority, Respect and Courtesy; Orders & Instructions; Duties & Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct and that the breaches were so serious that they amounted to gross misconduct. 

Had he still been employed he would have been dismissed without notice – has been placed onto the College of Policing barred list.

 

13/02/2020

Detective Constable

DC Gravenor used inappropriate sexualised language toward a female colleague between May and August 2015. The woman also stated that on 4 May 2015 she was with DC Gravenor at the Verne High Angle Battery on Portland when he touched her inappropriately. She further alleged that on 14 August 2015 he went to her home address and she was subjected to unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature. DC Gravenor was accused of using his position to pursue a sexual and/or emotional relationship with her. DC Gravenor was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour of Authority, Respect and Courtesy and it was ruled that his conduct had been discreditable. The panel found that the breaches amounted to gross misconduct.

Dismissed.

14/01/20

Constables

 

PC Woodfine and former PC White attended the address of a woman on 25 June 2018 and found a man present with her who was prohibited from contacting the woman and being at the address by a non-molestation order. After speaking with them, the officers did not arrest the man for breaching the order and knowingly allowed a false log entry to be recorded that the man was not present at the address. The conduct of both officers was judged to have fallen below the standards of professional behaviour relating to Honesty and Integrity and Duties and Responsibilities and the breaches were found to amount to gross misconduct.

Had PC White, who had left the Force prior to the misconduct hearing, still been employed she would have been dismissed. PC Woodfine was dismissed. 

14/11/19

Constable

 

Former PC Fletcher made an arrest for shoplifting in March 2019. He then produced a statement indicating he had during the arrest provided the suspect with the grounds for the arrest and detention in compliance with The Police and Criminal Evidence Act, Code G (Powers of Arrest). Former PC Fletcher knew he had not provided that information and completed his statement knowing it was not the truth. His conduct, in making that false claim, was judged to have fallen below the standards of professional behaviour relating to his authority and conduct to a level whereby had he still been employed he would have been dismissed.

Had he still been employed he would have been dismissed.