Misconduct Findings

Forthcoming Misconduct Hearings

There are no forthcoming misconduct hearings at this time.

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

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.