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James Lloyd successfully defends police inspector in misconduct proceedings


Inspector L faced misconduct proceedings initiated by the Chief Constable of Sussex Police following allegations that the Inspector had sent sexually explicit messages while on duty and had attended the address of another while on duty for sex.

Following a two-day misconduct hearing at Sussex Police HQ, the panel found the allegations (which were mainly admitted) proven and made a finding of gross misconduct.

In spite of arguments raised on behalf of the Chief Constable that the officer should be dismissed without notice, given the abuse of the officer’s position and the seriousness with which sexual misconduct must be treated, the Panel accepted James Lloyd’s submissions that it should take an exceptional course; not dismissing the officer or reducing him in rank, but instead imposing a written warning. The officer was therefore able to resume their duties with immediate effect.

James Lloyd was instructed by Mark Riley of MJR Solicitors.


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