Domestic abuser cop suspended on full pay allowed to quit job to protect pension after trial

A police officer who admitted serious domestic abuse charges was allowed to quit the force before misconduct investigations were concluded.

A sheriff was told Andrew Caulfield, 48, would be sacked by Police Scotland but instead he remained suspended on full pay for 16 months.

The £45,000-a-year cyber crime specialist, who harassed an ex-lover and defied a court order, was able to resign without disciplinary action being taken against him.

It means he will still be entitled to his police pension when he reaches retiral age.

Police Scotland said: “The officer resigned in June 2024. All officers and staff are required to conduct ­themselves in line with our values. We have no ability under current legislation to prevent an officer from resigning.”

Outstanding misconduct proceedings cease when an officer quits, regulations say.

Caufield pled guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court to harassing PC Amanda Watson, 35, for nine months after they split, and defied a court order to stay away from her. He admitted abusive behaviour and acting in a coercive and controlling manner.

He repeatedly phoned, texted and emailed her, turned up at her home, put cards through her door and warned a friend to stop contacting her.

A charge of striking Amanda with a door, grabbing her and trying to pull her off a bed was accepted ahead of his trial in February last year.

Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown imposed only a two-year non-harassment order because first offender Caulfield stayed out of trouble for two years.

The court was told the conviction would spell the end of the officer’s career.

Fifteen Police Scotland officers have resigned or retired last year while subject to complaints procedures, with more than 60 having done so since 2019.

Scots Tory justice spokesman Russell Findlay MSP said: “My party will work to ensure new legislation will finally provide justice and protection for the public and the majority of good police officers.”

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