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Police Sergeant Sacked For Gross Misconduct

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10:06am 25th September 2014

A police officer has been sacked after allegedly hitting a man in Cornwall, then trying to cover it up.

Eye-witnesses called the force after seeing the off-duty detective sergeant.

Officials say it amounted to "gross misconduct."

The officer has not been named.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "On Wednesday 30th July 2014 Devon and Cornwall Police dismissed, without notice, a serving police sergeant from the organisation following the conclusion of misconduct proceedings.

"The officer appeared at an internal misconduct hearing following an investigation into allegations that the officer had used unnecessary force against a man whilst off duty and subsequently provided a false account of the circumstances of the incident.

"The allegations were found to be proven by a misconduct panel, who determined the officer's actions amounted to gross misconduct, breaching the standards of professional behaviour expected from a police officer.

"The Force expects the highest standards of professional behaviour from all of our officers and staff. All police officers and staff are expected to act with honesty, integrity and professionalism, and should not abuse their position of trust. The public also rightly sets high expectations of Police officers to always act with honesty and integrity, both on and off duty. The conduct of this officer seriously breached these Standards of Professional Behaviour. Devon and Cornwall police cannot and will not tolerate such behaviour. The officer was therefore dismissed without notice.

"The aim of a misconduct hearing is 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 and staff do this day in day out."

10:06am 25th September 2014

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