Officer dismissed for sending ‘grossly offensive’ messages to woman

A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer who sent “highly offensive racist and misogynistic messages” to a woman has been dismissed without notice.

Feb 28, 2024
By Paul Jacques

A misconduct hearing that concluded on Wednesday (February 28) found the behaviour of PC David Seager amounted to gross misconduct.

The MPS said between February and December 2020 PC Seager, who was attached to the policing team in southeast London, sent the woman, whom he knew, a series of “appalling messages in which he made violent sexual threats”.

The messages were sent while he was off-duty.

Detective Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry, lead for policing in the area said: “The messages PC Seager sent were grossly offensive and upsetting. I cannot imagine the level of distress and harm they caused to the woman. The fact they were sent to her by a police officer is sickening.

“PC Seager has been rightly dismissed. The Commissioner has been clear that we remove anyone from the organisation who falls below the high standards we must uphold.”

A misconduct investigation was launched by the Directorate of Professional Standards in October 2021 and the following month Seager was suspended from duty.

The hearing found he breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of authority, respect and courtesy, equality and diversity, and discreditable conduct.

PC Seager will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing.

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