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West Midlands Police officer sacked after trying to engage member of public in sexual relationship

By Harriet Evans | Birmingham | Crime | Published:

A West Midlands Police Officer has been sacked for gross misconduct.

PC Dave Humpherson. Pic: West Midlands Police

PC Dave Humpherson, aged 41, was dismissed on Monday without notice after he tried to engage a member of the public in a sexual relationship.

On September 2 last year Humpherson, who was a taxi enforcement officer in Birmingham, met a member of the public by prior arrangement whilst on duty and in uniform to explore the possibility of having a sexual relationship.

A sexualised conversation took place in the member of the public’s car and, while still on duty, the officer sent the member of the public an indecent image.

The hearing was chaired by Chief Constable Dave Thompson who concluded that Humpherson’s actions amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Graham, commander at Birmingham West, said: “Humpherson’s behaviour was completely unacceptable and a clear breach of our standards of professional behaviour.

“Serving and protecting the public is paramount and it is vital that our communities have trust and confidence in everything that we do.

“Any officer or staff member that fails to uphold our force values and falls below the high standards we expect will be dealt with accordingly."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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