26th May, 2017

Warwickshire Police officer dismissed for gross misconduct

Ian Hughes 19th May, 2017

A WARWICKSHIRE Police officer has been dismissed for gross misconduct.

Gary Bemowski was dismissed from the force with immediate effect. A Special Case Fast Track Hearing was conducted by Chief Constable Martin Jelley and followed an investigation by the Professional Standards Department (PSD).

Between October 2015 and December 2015, PC Bemowski undertook a course of harrassment against a woman by means of emails, phone calls, text messages and cards, which resulted in PC Bemowski being convicted of harrassment at Hereford Magistrates Court on February 27.

The hearing found 47 year-old PC Bemowski breached the standards of professional behaviour, in particular those relating to Discreditable Conduct.

Supt Helena Bennett, Head of Professional Standards for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, said: “The misconduct hearing found that the behaviour of PC Gary Bemowski fell below the standards we expect from our officers and staff and amounted to gross misconduct and it is for this reason he was dismissed without notice.”

The officer had completed 11 years’ service with Warwickshire Police, most recently based at Bedworth.

The outcome of the misconduct hearing is subject to the normal appeals process.