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Police Officer Dismissed Without Notice After Engaging Inappropriately With A Colleague

A police officer has been dismissed without notice after an investigation found he engaged in inappropriate activities with a female colleague.

PC Richard Hession44, who was based at Brighton, appeared before a four-day misconduct hearing held at Sussex Police headquarters from Monday, 26 February, in front of a panel led by an Independent Legally Qualified Chair (*LQC).

The hearing was told that on August 5, 2021, PC Hession kissed the colleague, known as Officer A, on the neck, which was unwanted and unsolicited.

Overnight on May 11 into May 12, 2022, he took Officer A to a hotel and booked a room when she was heavily intoxicated. She messaged a colleague asking for help and, when they went to the room, they found she was unwell and in the company of PC Hession.

A criminal investigation into the matter commenced, however due to insufficient evidence, a decision was made not to proceed with the case and an investigation into alleged misconduct was carried out.

The panel found the officer’s actions had breached Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct, authority, respect and courtesy and equality and diversity and determined that this amounted to gross misconduct. He was dismissed without notice and placed on the College of Policing Barred list which will prevent a return to policing.

Detective Superintendent Jon Robeson, deputy head of the force’s Professional Standards Department said:

“Police officers must behave in a manner that does not discredit the police service or undermine public confidence, whether on or off duty.

“We expect our officers to act with the utmost integrity, and in accordance with the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Professional Behaviour, and we have invested in a comprehensive programme of cultural change towards challenging, reporting and tackling unethical or unprofessional behaviour.

“The actions of the officer in this case fell far short of the standards we expect, which is reflected in the findings by the panel.”

*LQCs are selected from a list of independent, legally-qualified persons to conduct police misconduct hearings, and are governed by Police Conduct Regulations. LQCs work with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and others to instil and embed transparency and proportionality into misconduct hearings.

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