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Special Constable found guilty of gross misconduct

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Dismissed without notice

On Tuesday 20 July 2021, a Special Constable was dismissed without notice from Devon and Cornwall Police after members of the misconduct panel found that his actions amounted to gross misconduct.

SC James Warren faced allegations that, on 4 November 2018, he breached the standards appropriate to the conduct of a police officer in respect of Honesty and Integrity.

It had been alleged that he provided a dishonest account on a vetting appeal regarding the particulars of a previous conduct allegation which resulted in management action.

Following a two-day public hearing, the panel concluded that the allegations were proven, and that SC Warren had breached the expected standards of professional behaviour.

The panel determined he would be dismissed without notice and his details will be submitted to the College of Policing Barred List, preventing him from working within policing.

Head of Professional Standards Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell said: “On this occasion the behaviour of the officer fell below the standards expected within policing.

"Through his actions, the officer undermined the public’s trust and confidence in the police force and did not fulfil his duties and responsibilities.

“Such behaviour will not be tolerated within policing and the decision made by the independent chair is that the officer is dismissed without notice.”


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