Shamed of­fi­cer sacked by force

De­tec­tive searched data­base for de­tails on her part­ner

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734

A shamed Peter­bor­ough de­tec­tive who used po­lice data bases to search for de­tails on a part­ner with a crim­i­nal past has been sacked from the force. De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Nina Bartlett, who is based in Peter­bor­ough, was found to have breached the Stan­dards of Pro­fes­sional Be­hav­iour in re­spect of Hon­esty and In­tegrity, Or­ders and In­struc­tions, con­fi­den­tial­ity and dis­cred­itable con­duct at a hear­ing that con­cluded on Tues­day.

Bartlett was dis­missed with­out no­tice fol­low­ing the hear­ing.

A panel found Bartlett had failed to de­clare are­la­tion­ship with a crim­i­nally con­victed per­son as soon as pos­si­ble.

She also used force data bases to search for her part­ner’s de­tails with­out a polic­ing pur­pose.

Bartlett had worked on a num­ber of high pro­file cases dur­ing her ca­reer, in­clud­ing at­tempted mur­der and se­ri­ous as­sault in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The dis­ci­plinary hear­ing was due to be held in pub­lic, but was held be­hind closed doors after an ap­pli­ca­tion from Bartlett’s lawyer.

The hear­ing was held at City Col­lege Peter­bor­ough in Brook Street, and at the start of the pro­ceed­ings chair­man Peter Ni­cholls said the hear­ing should be heard in pri­vate after hear­ing about con­cerns over Bartlett’s health.

A no­tice had been is­sued by Cam­bridgeshire po­lice invit­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to at­tend the hear­ing - how­ever the no­tice said the iden­ti­ties of some wit­nesses‘ maybe pro­tected .’

Mr Ni­cholls said when de­cid­ing whether the hear­ing should be held in pri­vate they had to “bal­ance” the of­fi­cer’s wel­fare with the pub­lic in­ter­est.

De­tails sur­round­ing Bartlett’ s part­ner, and their crim­i­nal con­vic­tions, have not been made pub­lic.

A no­tice at the start of the hear­ings said the al­leged con­duct of Bartlett had “com­pro­mised her po­si­tion as a po­lice of­fi­cer” and served to “un­der­mine pub­lic con­fi­dence in the po­lice ser­vice”.

The pro­ceed­ings started at the begin­ning of Jan­uary, and were ex­pected to last two days.

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