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Gross misconduct found against former police constable

News   •   Sep 15, 2021 18:42 BST

Misconduct proceedings against a former PC have concluded.

Former PC Robert Galloway, who was attached to the West Area Command Unit, was alleged to have breached the standards of professional behaviour in respect of Confidentiality; and Discreditable Conduct.

In April 2019, a road traffic collision occurred in Rochester Avenue, Feltham. One of the parties involved was known to PC Galloway.

Following the incident, PC Galloway accessed a number of police databases and searched for the incident on multiple occasions without a legitimate and authorised policing purpose.

His conduct took place at a time when he was already subject to a live Final Written Warning for Discreditable Conduct which had been issued in August 2018 concerning an unrelated matter.

PC Galloway was not present at the hearing having resigned from the Metropolitan Police Service.

The legally qualified chair found the allegations amounted to gross misconduct and, had he remained a serving officer, PC Galloway would have been dismissed without notice.

PC Galloway will now be placed on the Police Barred List.

Chief Superintendent Pete Gardner, policing commander for the West Area Command Unit, said: "All police officers must work to very high standards, especially with regards potentially sensitive information, and it is clear in this instance that former PC Galloway's actions fell well below those standards. Had he remained a serving officer, he would have been rightfully dismissed."