Cop fired after sending ‘sexually inappropriate’ messages to woman
A serving British Transport Police (BTP) officer has been sacked with immediate effect for sending ‘sexually inappropriate’ messages to a female member of the public. London-based PC Jack Bower-Wilson was found guilty of gross misconduct following a public hearing yesterday (April 28).
The former London-based officer attended a two-day hearing from April 28 to April 29. He responded to allegations that he breached standards of honesty and integrity, authority, respect and courtesy and dishonorable conduct of professional behavior.
From May 6 to May 7, 2021, PC Bower-Wilson sent numerous “sexually inappropriate” messages via social media to a female member of the public. The Panel felt that his actions warranted his immediate dismissal from the construction industry.
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Detective Superintendent Peter Fulton, Head of BTP’s Professional Standards Department, said: ‘Tackling inappropriate sexual behavior is BTP’s number one priority, and incidents like this completely undermine our efforts, which is why we take them so seriously.
“Police officers are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, whether on duty or off, and we will relentlessly challenge anyone who breaches this fundamental obligation. Sending inappropriate sexual messages to anyone is totally inexcusable, which is why I wholeheartedly support the independent panel’s decision to dismiss PC Bower-Wilson with immediate effect.
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