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Thames Valley Police detective dismissed for harassment

A detective inspector has been dismissed for harassing a member of staff with text messages and inappropriate comments.

Kevin Elkins, who worked in force crime, has been sacked by Thames Valley Police for gross misconduct.

His dismissal came after a hearing chaired by an assistant chief constable from the force.

Bosses said his actions were "well short of the standard of conduct and behaviour" expected from officers.

Mr Elkins, who was suspended at the time of the hearing, was dismissed with immediate effect for a number of breaches that were proven against him.

'Clear message'

Assistant Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: "The harassment was over a period of time and included text messages and inappropriate comments being made to the complainant.

"It takes a significant amount of courage for people to come forward and make a complaint against someone they work with.

"I hope this will send out a clear message to all at Thames Valley Police that they will be listened to and action will be taken if they witness inappropriate behaviour at work."

Mr Elkins has 10 working days to appeal against the decision.

Thames Valley Police covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

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