Ex-Cleveland Police officer allegedly met dating site lover for sex whilst 'working from home'

The ex-police officer - known as officer Z - is accused of using dating sites while he was supposed to be working
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A former Cleveland Police officer allegedly met a person for sex while on duty but working from home.

The ex-police officer - known as officer Z - is accused of using dating sites while they were supposed to be working, meeting someone for sex while on duty, breaching Covid rules, using steroids and passing on confidential information. The alleged offences took place between 2020 and 2021 during the global pandemic.

According to the Cleveland Police publicity notice, between November 20, 2020, and January 27, 2021, instead of working from home, former officer Z allegedly attended witness A’s address on seven separate occasions, breaching the Covid restrictions.

Months later on April 8, 2021, whilst working from home, it is alleged the officer used their work phone to access a dating site and then made arrangements to meet someone at an address outside of the force area. The charge states, between 10am and 1pm the officer travelled to the address to engage in sexual activity with the person.

During the subsequent investigation into former Officer Z’s visit, it is claimed they provided a written account to the investigating officers that was untrue. In another alleged incident on October 28, 2021, former Officer Z was required to undertake a drugs test.

It is alleged when the samples, provided by the officer, were analysed they were found to contain an anabolic steroid, use of which is a beach of Cleveland Police Force Policy. Furthermore, it is alleged, that on three separate occasions and in respect of three separate matters, former officer Z passed confidential police information to Witness A.

It is alleged that Former Officer Z has breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour for police officers, specifically the standards of:

  1. Honesty and Integrity;

  2. Discreditable Conduct

  3. Duties and Responsibilities

  4. Fitness for Duty

  5. Orders and Instructions; and

  6. Confidentiality

The officer will face a misconduct hearing on Monday, June 10, in Thornaby. It is contended that, if proven, the allegations amount to gross misconduct.