Sergeant fired for gross misconduct

A former West Midlands Police detective who pleaded guilty to voyeurism charges has been dismissed following a misconduct hearing on Tuesday (November 6). 

Nov 7, 2018
By Neil Root

Former Detective Sergeant Marcus O’Dell, who worked in the force’s public protection unit, is due to be sentenced at Stafford Crown Court at a later date. He could face up to 18 months in prison. 

He had been charged with “observing a person doing a private act” after being arrested in May while off-duty. 

O’Dell, who pleaded guilty at Cannock Magistrates’ Court last month, did not attend the disciplinary panel hearing, chaired by West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson. 

Mr Thompson said: “It is right that officers must also be expected to uphold the law. 

“This particular case is a serious matter and is aggravated by the fact it involved a vulnerable person. This has undermined the force. 

“It is hard to imagine how anyone with this conviction could continue in this force, or any other.” 



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