01:11PM, Wednesday 09 November 2016
A police officer based in Maidenhead who 'abused his position of trust' by using confidential records for personal reasons has been sacked.
PC Matthew Stocker, was dismissed without notice for gross misconduct following a one-day hearing at Thames Valley Police headquarters in Kidlington on October 28.
He was found to have committed 'serious breaches in the standards expected from our officers and staff' after he searched police records at Maidenhead Police Station to find a work address of a female member of the public for personal reasons on March 29.
He then went to the address, while on duty, on April 7 and told the woman's colleagues he needed to speak to her about an investigation.
This was not true, but the woman was not there are the time.
The hearing found Stocker breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour as set out in Regulation 3 and the Schedule 2 to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 in respect of ‘Honesty and Integrity’, ‘Authority, Respect and Courtesy’, ‘Orders and Instructions’, ‘Duties and Responsibilities’, ‘Confidentiality’ and ‘Discreditable Conduct’.
Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “This case has shown serious breaches in the standards expected from our officers and staff. This officer has been shown to have abused his position of trust by accessing confidential information and using it for personal reasons.
“As a result, his actions threaten to undermine public confidence in the force and so he has been dismissed without notice for gross misconduct following the hearing.”
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