Former Leicestershire Police officer accused of harassing nine colleagues

The police headquarters in Enderby, Leicestershire
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A former police officer has been accused of harassing nine female colleagues over a period of 18 months. Darren Taylor was an officer with Leicestershire Police when the alleged incidents took place, but has since left the force.

He has been summoned to a appear at a gross misconduct hearing to answer the allegations. Mr Taylor is accused of “displaying inappropriate behaviour towards nine female colleagues” between October 2021 and May 2023. He engaged in “unwanted touching” and sending messages or making comments to the women which “failed to maintain a professional boundary and/or had the potential to cause them to feel harassed”, Leicestershire Police claims.

The then officer was on duty when each of the alleged incidents occurred, the force added. Leicestershire Police said that if they are proven, the actions breached the standards of professional behaviour and would amount to gross misconduct.

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Those standards include: authority; respect and courtesy; equality and diversity; and creditable conduct. The hearing is scheduled for the coming weeks and is expected to last five days.

This is not the only time former Leicestershire Police staff have been in the news in recent weeks for claims of inappropriate behaviour towards female colleagues while employed by the force. It was announced last week that former police inspector Ian Weston had been barred from the profession over “deeply offensive” and sexualised posts referring to a female police officer under his command.

The panel ruling on his case said: “The officer may not have had specific training on issues such as sexual harassment but nobody should need training to know just how inappropriate these posts were. Many of the posts which the officer made were deeply offensive.

“They contain sexual innuendos and make comments which any individual, let alone an inspector in a police force, should have recognised were derogatory and really insulting to women. They should not have been made.

“They are particularly inappropriate as they were made at a time when police officers nationally were being subject to close scrutiny in respect of their attitudes to women.”