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Officer dismissed following misconduct hearing

A Thames Valley Police officer has been dismissed from the force after a public misconduct hearing concluded she breached the standards of professional behaviour.

Detective Sergeant Susan Brown based at Newbury was dismissed without notice on Tuesday 26 May after a four day misconduct hearing.

Due to COVID-19, the hearing was conducted by video conference with legally qualified chairperson Mr John Bassett.

DS Brown faced allegations in that she breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Discreditable Conduct, Honesty and Integrity, Orders and Instructions, and, Duties and Responsibilities.

It was concluded that the allegations of Integrity, Orders and Instructions and Duties and Responsibilities were proven, and that DS Brown’s behaviour amounted to gross misconduct.

The allegation of Discreditable Conduct was not proven.

On 23 April 2019, DS Brown failed to disclose details of the police contact she had regarding an incident on 21 October 2016 when completing a vetting form relating to an application for a role in another department with Thames Valley Police.

The incident on 21 October 2016 involved DS Brown leaving a shop in Bicester Village with an item and police being called. No action was taken against DS Brown who paid for the item before leaving Bicester Village.

It was concluded that DS Brown’s behaviour in failing to disclose details of the police contact on her vetting form amounted to gross misconduct, as such she has been dismissed.

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