A POLICE officer has been dismissed without notice after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

This was after members of the misconduct panel found that his actions amounted to gross misconduct.

PC Christopher Fletcher faced allegations that between March and June 2020, he breached the standards appropriate to the conduct of a police officer in respect of confidentiality, orders and instructions, authority, courtesy and respect, discreditable conduct and honesty and Integrity.

It had been alleged the officer had accessed police intelligence systems for non-policing purposes, contrary to standards of Confidentiality, Orders and Instructions

It was also alleged that he pursued a course of conduct towards two individuals, which could be perceived as harassing, bullying, victimising, or offensive contrary to standards of Authority, Courtesy and Respect and being Discreditable Conduct.

A third allegation was that he misused a police vehicle to give a lift to friends during which he kit the emergency blue lights and contravened a traffic signal, contrary to Orders and instructions and discreditable conduct

It was also alleged he gave a dishonest answer when questioned about events, contrary to Honesty and Integrity.

Following the four-day public hearing, the panel concluded that the allegations were proven, and that PC Fletcher 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, Superintendent Jo Arundale said: ‘Officers are expected to fulfil their duties to high standards within policing and on this occasion, the officer has fallen below that expectation.

‘As a result of his actions and in not fulfilling his duties and responsibilities, he has undermined the public’s trust and confidence in the police force.

‘Conduct of this kind will not be tolerated within Devon & Cornwall Police and therefore this was the right and proper outcome.’