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Policeman sacked for having sex with vulnerable woman on duty

Policeman sacked for having sex with vulnerable woman on duty

A UK police officer who had sex with vulnerable women victims he met while on duty has been sacked.

Pc Daniel Forder admitted gross misconduct when he appeared before a Devon and Cornwall Police disciplinary panel last week.

The officer, who had been suspended during the disciplinary process, was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour, in particular those relating to respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.

He was dismissed without notice.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: "We expect the highest standards of professional behaviour from all of our officers and staff and it is the core duty of all police officers and staff to protect the vulnerable and provide a high standard of service to our communities.

"The constable's behaviour in this case directly contradicts the force's values, the code of ethics and the standards of professional behaviour.

"The public rightly sets high expectations of the police to protect victims and on this occasion the officer's conduct seriously breached this expectation.

"Discreditable conduct and a lack of respect will not be tolerated within the Devon and Cornwall Police and it is the aim of a misconduct hearing such as this to protect the public and to maintain the highest of standards and good reputation of what is an honourable profession.

"The overwhelming majority of officers uphold this high standard day in and day out and provide an exceptional service to our communities."

Meanwhile, a second Devon and Cornwall officer has been sacked after misusing a police vehicle to attend a private function while on duty.

Pc Sarah Needham then lied to senior officers about it. A disciplinary panel found the allegations of gross misconduct proven and she was also dismissed without notice.

Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: "We expect the highest standards of professional behaviour from all of our officers and staff.

"The force and the public expects all police officers and staff to be honest at all times."