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Officer found guilty of gross misconduct

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Dismissed without notice

On Wednesday 14 July 2021, a police constable was dismissed without notice from Devon and Cornwall Police, after members of the misconduct panel found that his actions amounted to gross misconduct.

PC Christopher Woodman faced allegations that on 24 September 2019, he breached the standards appropriate to the conduct of a police officer in respect of Honesty and Integrity, Discreditable Conduct and Duties and Responsibilities.

It had been alleged that the officer attended an incident where allegations of common assault were made. PC Woodman did not record that a crime had been reported, despite the information being given to him.

Following the three-day public hearing, the panel concluded that the allegations were proven, and that PC Woodman had breached the expected standards of professional behaviour. The panel determined that the officer would be dismissed without notice and his details will be submitted to the College of Policing Barred List, preventing them 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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