Merseyside police officer accessed women's details

A Merseyside police officer who used the force computer to find personal details of women he apparently wanted to go out with has been dismissed.

The Professional Standards Department investigation found the 24-year-old carried out a large number of checks on police systems between 2007 and 2010.

All were on women and none appeared to be as part of the officer's work.

The officer also admitted becoming involved in a relationship with a woman whose records he had accessed.

'Abused position'

The investigation, managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), found more than 170 of the checks the officer carried out were apparently unauthorised.

Evidence suggested he conducted checks on the women after they had been in contact with police due to them committing offences, and in some cases he had also accessed their police photographs.

He was also found to be in unauthorised possession of a CS spray canister, found during a search of his car.

The disciplinary panel, which heard his case on 9 December, found this allegation proven as a breach of the standards of professional behaviour.

In relation to the two proven charges, the panel decided the officer had committed gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.

It also emerged that he had received a written warning in July 2010 over the unauthorised access of police systems, but had continued to use the computers for his own gain.

'Disgraceful behaviour'

A file of evidence was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service which determined the matter should be handled by the police disciplinary system.

IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik said: "This officer has abused his position and the trust Merseyside Police placed in him.

"He accessed information about women apparently in the hope that he might then forge a relationship with them.

"This was disgraceful behaviour - made worse by the fact that he received a warning for a previous breach."

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