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Former Officer Barred from Police over ‘Indecent Images’

Published on: 8 Jan, 2022
Updated on: 11 Jan, 2022

By Emily Coady-Stemp

local democracy reporter

A former Surrey Police officer has been barred from the profession after “offensive” images were found on his phone, including one indecent image of himself taken while on duty and in full uniform.

Former Police Constable Adam Davies was accused of receiving seven “racist and otherwise deeply offensive images” between October and December 2020 which he failed to delete or challenge, with evidence showing that he also forwarded one of them on.

He was also accused of taking an indecent image of himself in August 2019 while on duty and in his police uniform.

Barring him from the profession and finding the acts to be serious gross misconduct, Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said there was no place in Surrey Police “for anyone with discriminatory attitudes to race and disability”.

Former PC Davies did not attend the misconduct hearing that took place at Surrey Police’s headquarters at Mount Browne in December, of which the outcome was released this week. He had responded to the allegations in writing.

The allegations were proven, and found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour for Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Equality and Diversity and Conduct (Discreditable).

Had he still been serving, Chief Constable Stephens said former PC Davies would have been dismissed without notice.

He said: “This is behaviour that not only breaches the Standards of Professional Behaviour, but is also in contradiction of our Code of Ethics, the attestation taken by police officers, and undermines what we stand for in Surrey. There is no place in Surrey Police, or policing nationally, for anyone with discriminatory attitudes to race and disability.

“Taking into account former PC Davies’ culpability, the discriminatory aspects of the behaviour, and the behaviour on duty and in uniform, and the effects that this pattern of behaviour would have on public confidence, I determine that his cumulative conduct amounts to serious gross misconduct.

“If he had still been serving, he would have been dismissed without notice.”

His name and the details of the case will be put on the College of Policing Barred List.

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