PC faces ‘grop­ing’ hear­ing

Of­fi­cer touched wo­man’s breasts

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

A po­lice of­fi­cer who groped a wo­man’s breasts in an Ash­ford night­club is fac­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing.

The of­fi­cer, named as PC Spencer, groped the wo­man dur­ing a night out while off duty. He re­ceived a crim­i­nal cau­tion for his ac­tions. The hear­ing state­ment reads: “Whilst off­duty at the night­club, PC Spencer mo­men­tar­ily in­ap­pro­pri­ately touched the breasts of a fe­male who was un­known to him, be­fore be­ing pushed away.”

PC Spencer is ex­pected to at­tend a hear­ing at Kent Po­lice head­quar­ters to­mor­row (Fri­day).

A po­lice of­fi­cer who ad­mit­ted grop­ing a wo­man’s breasts in an Ash­ford night­club faces a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing with Kent Po­lice this week.

The in­ci­dent took place ear­lier this year on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 28, when the of­fi­cer, named only as PC Spencer (13614), was off duty and on a night out in the town.

The of­fi­cer has al­ready re­ceived a crim­i­nal cau­tion for his ac­tions af­ter an in­ter­view.

The hear­ing state­ment reads: “The Fast Track Mis­con­duct Hear­ing has been con­vened due to an in­ci­dent that oc­curred at a night­club in Ash­ford on Fe­bru­ary 28, 2017.

“Whilst off-duty at the night­club, PC Spencer mo­men­tar­ily in­ap­pro­pri­ately touched the breasts of a fe­male who was un­known to him, be­fore be­ing pushed away.”

It con­tin­ues: “When in­ter­viewed, the of­fi­cer ad­mit­ted the be­hav­iour and re­ceived a crim­i­nal cau­tion.

“The al­leged con­duct amounts to gross mis­con­duct for the fol­low­ing rea­sons: The of­fi­cer’s be­hav­iour fell far be­low that which is ex­pected of a po­lice of­fi­cer and brings dis­credit upon the po­lice ser­vice, un­der­min­ing pub­lic con­fi­dence.

“His con­duct is al­leged to amount to a breach of the Stand- ard of Pro­fes­sional Be­hav­iour re­lat­ing to Dis­cred­itable Con­duct.

“The na­ture of the al­le­ga­tion is so se­ri­ous that the full range of sanc­tions, in­clud­ing dis­missal with­out no­tice, should be avail­able.”

PC Spencer is ex­pected to at­tend a hear­ing at Kent Po­lice head­quar­ters in Sut­ton Road, Maid­stone, to­mor­row (Fri­day).

‘The full range of sanc­tions, in­clud­ing dis­missal with­out no­tice, should be avail­able’

Kent po­lice head­quar­ters in Sut­ton Road, Maid­stone

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