A Cumbria Constabulary Police Constable has today been dismissed without notice after a Misconduct Hearing, led by an independent Legally Qualified Chair, found that his actions had amounted to gross misconduct.
Police Constable Matthew Simpson was found to have breached the standards of behaviour expected of a police officer with regard to confidentiality and discreditable conduct following his use of police computer systems to access personal information about someone he was in a relationship with. These actions were found to have amounted to gross misconduct.
PC Simpson was also found to have breached the standards of behaviour expected of a police officer with regard to duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct following his pursuing of a sexual relationship whilst on duty. These actions were also found to have amounted to gross misconduct.
PC Simpson’s actions with regards his use of his personal mobile phone for the storing and sharing of information with colleagues without authorisation to do so and his sharing of images with his partner without authorisation to do so, was found to have amounted to misconduct.
Similarly, his storing of sensitive police material at home was also found to have amounted to misconduct.
The Misconduct Hearing found that PC Simpson’s actions must result in his dismissal without notice.
Deputy Chief Constable for Cumbria Constabulary, Mark Webster, said: “The officers and staff of Cumbria Constabulary are held to an extremely high standard of integrity and professionalism and, where this standard is not met, we will act.
“In this instance, it is clear that the actions of PC Simpson fell far below the standard we expect and he has rightfully been dismissed for Gross Misconduct as a result.
“The overwhelming majority of staff and officers who work each day on behalf of the people of Cumbria act in a way in which we can all be proud.
“I welcome today’s outcome and hope the result from this Misconduct Hearing displays to the public that where an officer or staff member fails to uphold the standards expected, they will be held accountable.