A police officer has been given a final written warning after he was found to have committed gross misconduct.
Police Constable William Woolston, of Central Specialist Crime, attended a hearing on 3 September to face allegations he had breached the standards of professional behaviour in relation to authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.
It was alleged that during the course of making arrangements to return a laptop to a female, PC Woolston’s comments (contained in texts and emails) were flirtatious, contained sexual innuendo and/or were otherwise inappropriate. He appeared to have attempted to encourage the female to engage in ‘sexting’ with him.
The Chair, Tapan Debnath, and panel members Detective Superintendents Mark Broome and Bernard Nawrat, considered all of the evidence and found PC Woolston to have breached the standards of professional behaviour at the level of gross misconduct.