Probe launched after police sergeants accused of 'sexual relationship while on duty'

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A Merseyside Police sergeant has been suspended from service while another is on restricted duties due to allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

The ECHO can exclusively reveal that the force's professional standards department is carrying out investigations into the two officers following a tip-off from a source. The ECHO understands the allegation of inappropriate behaviour relates to an alleged sexual relationship between the two officers while they were on duty.

One sergeant, believed to be a female officer who has worked in various roles for Merseyside Police, is on restricted duties following the allegation. The ECHO is unable to reveal her identity while investigations are ongoing.

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The other sergeant, who is subject to the same allegation of inappropriate behaviour while on duty, as well as further unrelated misconduct allegations which the ECHO understands relate to his alleged conduct with members of the public, has been suspended.

Merseyside Police confirmed to the ECHO investigations are ongoing into the matter. The force added it would be inappropriate to comment further while investigations continue. If the officers are found to have breached standards of professional behaviour it is likely their cases will go before a misconduct hearing.

If the allegations are found to amount to gross misconduct, the officers could face sanctions including a final written warning or dismissal from the force without notice.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police told the ECHO: "When information is received alleging misconduct by one of our officers or members, our dedicated professional standards department will always carry out a thorough investigation to ensure the public across Merseyside can continue to have confidence in the police service.

"We want to hear about officers and staff who do not uphold the values we demand and have introduced Call It Out, an internal campaign to encourage colleagues to call out behaviour that does not align with our principles. It empowers officers and staff to challenge behaviour in the workplace, as well as providing an avenue to confidentially report behaviour into our professional standards department.

"If any officer is found to be behaving in a way that does not meet our high standards we will take robust action to ensure the public across Merseyside can continue to have the utmost confidence in the force.

"The overwhelming majority of our police officers and staff act with respect, professionalism and integrity at all times. In order to keep it that way, we will continue to take swift and robust action to investigate anyone whose behaviour falls short of those high standards."

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