Former Avon and Somerset constable barred from policing over gross misconduct allegations

A former officer has been barred from policing after allegations of gross misconduct were proven. Former police constable A was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour by being involved in providing a building quote for a friend to obtain funding from a mortgage company which she knew was not genuine.

The ex-officer also prepared VAT returns for her husband’s building company which were inaccurate and failed to report her husband for preparing the inaccurate building quote and for accepting payments in cash to avoid paying VAT.

The hearing took place before a panel, headed by an independent Legally Qualified Chair (LQC) who is not affiliated with the police. The panel concluded that the officer would have been sacked if she hadn't already resigned, and she will now be placed on a national barred list to prevent her from working in policing or other law enforcement agencies again.

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Supt Mark Edgington, Head of Professional Standards, said: "All officers must act with honesty and integrity, both in and outside of work, and the allegations this former officer faced showed she categorically failed to abide by these standards.

"The public will rightly be shocked and concerned by her actions, but we hope they will feel reassured that robust action has been taken to investigate the allegations fully and bring the evidence before a misconduct hearing panel, which has ultimately resulted in this former officer being unable to serve in policing again."

The LQC ruled that the officer's identity would remain undisclosed until the end of the appeals process. If no appeal is filed, or if an appeal is unsuccessful, the officer's name will be revealed at that point.

Evidence presented to the panel included messages exchanged between the ex-officer and her friend, as well as proof that she and her husband received a £50 gift card for arranging the building quote which enabled her friend to secure funding from the mortgage company.

Additional evidence in the form of messages sent to clients by her husband demonstrated that it was common practice for quotes to request cash payments to evade VAT. The former officer was in charge of calculating the VAT returns for the company.