Officer who had sex on duty given final written warning

A South Wales Police officer who engaged in sexual activity while on duty has been given a final written warning.

Oct 18, 2023
By Paul Jacques

The officer was alleged to have attended the home of a woman he was in a relationship with four times while on duty and “indulging in sexual activity with her”.

A fifth allegation was that on a further eight occasions between November 12, 2018, and January 2, 2019, the officer “absented himself from work and undertook activities with no policing purpose while on duty, thereby neglecting his police duties”.

The officer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a final written warning after a disciplinary hearing found his behaviour had breached the standards of professional behaviour and amounted to gross misconduct.

Chief Superintendent Mark Lenihan, head of professional standards, said: “All police officers pledge to uphold the Standards of Professional Behaviour and Codes of Ethics and South Wales Police takes extremely seriously those who fail to do so.

“There is no question that the officer’s conduct fell below the standards which are expected of them.

“The sanction of a final written warning is a serious outcome and will remain on the officer’s personal record for the next 18 months.

“Members of the public and the communities of South Wales should be reassured that the force’s Professional Standards Department takes any complaint or allegation relating to an individual’s conduct extremely seriously, as has been demonstrated here, and will always ensure that such matters are thoroughly investigated and that appropriate action is taken.”

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