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Sex-on-duty Devon and Cornwall police sergeant sacked

A police sergeant spotted having sex in public while on duty has been sacked from the Devon and Cornwall force.

The officer was dismissed without notice, the force said, after an internal hearing found his behaviour amounted to gross misconduct.

A Freedom of Information request also revealed another officer was dismissed for exposing himself.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said he expected the "highest standards" of behaviour from officers.

Officer exposed himself

The force declined to give any more details about the sergeant and the circumstances of the offence.

ACC Middleton said the "vast majority" of the force's staff were committed to its code of ethics and their "obligation to instil public confidence in the police service".

"It is disappointing on this occasion that this officer's behaviour has let the police service and the public down," he said.

An earlier Freedom of Information request found there had been 42 allegations of sexual misconduct against the force's officers between January 2010 and May 2014.

Of those cases, 16 were either withdrawn or police decided there was no case to answer.

One officer was dismissed for exposing himself on "numerous occasions".

In another case, which ended in "management action", an officer "flirted with a vulnerable member of the public".

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