Sex­ual mis­con­duct and theft top of­fences list of sacked po­lice of­fi­cers

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Andy Richard­son Staff Re­porter

WEST Mid­lands Po­lice have sacked 67 of­fi­cers over the past five years – with sex­ual mis­con­duct and theft top­ping of­fences.

The Birm­ing­ham Post ob­tained fig­ures un­der the Free­dom Of In­for­ma­tion Act show­ing how many of­fi­cers had been fired for gross mis­con­duct.

A to­tal of 11 of­fi­cers were sacked in 2013, 12 in the fol­low­ing year, ten in 2015 and 13 in 2016.

There were 15 of­fi­cers fired for gross mis­con­duct in 2017 and so far this year six of­fi­cers have been dis­missed from the force.

In the past five years there have been 116 al­le­ga­tions made against of­fi­cers, some of which are still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

There were 13 al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct from 2013 un­til Oc­to­ber 31, 2018 and 11 al­le­ga­tions of theft.

There were nine cases of ne­glect­ing on-duty com­mit­ments and eight al­le­ga­tions of off-duty as­sault.

There were six al­le­ga­tions of of­fi­cers mak­ing dis­crim­i­na­tory/in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments and five of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

There were five al­le­ga­tions in the past five years of of­fi­cers abus­ing their au­thor­ity for sex­ual gain.

Ear­lier this month for­mer De­tec­tive Sergeant Mar­cus O’Dell was sacked by the force at a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing af­ter ad­mit­ting a sex of­fence. He had worked in the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Unit but pleaded guilty to a charge of voyeurism when he ap­peared at Can­nock Mag­is­trates Court.

At the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing, Chief Con­sta­ble Dave 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. He is dis­missed with­out no­tice.”

O’Dell faces up to 18 be­hind bars for the of­fence.

The 46-year-old was ar­rested at his Stafford home in May and im­me­di­ately re­moved from his role in the unit – which largely in­ves­ti­gates sex of­fences. months

An­other po­lice of­fi­cer fired from the force this year for gross mis­con­duct was PC Abi­gail Smith.

She stole £70 worth of mois­turiser from Sel­fridges be­fore go­ing on to steal an­other £130 of cos­met­ics from Su­per­drug and Kiko Mi­lano in the Bull­ring.

She was dis­missed for gross mis­con­duct af­ter ap­pear­ing in front of a Mis­con­duct Hear­ing, also chaired by Chief Con­sta­ble Dave Thomp­son.

She was handed a cau­tion on Septem­ber 26 this year af­ter the Bull­ring shoplift­ing of­fences were as­sessed by the Crown Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice.

> Ex-De­tec­tive Sergeant Mar­cus O’Dell

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