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Bridgwater PC dismissed for gross misconduct

A BRIGWATER police officer has been dismissed from the service after being found guilty of gross misconduct after a three-day hearing.

PC Ian Rawlinson was accused of sending inappropriate and unprofessional messages to two female victims of crimes.

Rawlinson, who joined Avon and Somerset Police in 2004, was also alleged to have kept the personal details in his phone of numerous female contacts who had been on ‘ride-alongs’ in his police car – where members of the public join officers on active duty.

PC Rawlinson also admitted that he had used his personal phone to record information, including photographs, screenshots and intelligence relating to ongoing investigations – representing a major breach of data protection rules.

Discredited police

Supt Jane Wigmore, head of Professional Standards, said: “PC Rawlinson has discredited the police service by his actions and has failed to live up to the high standards of professional behaviour expected of him.

“It’s completely unacceptable for an officer to begin, or attempt to begin, a relationship with someone they’ve met during the course of their duties and PC Rawlinson would have known the consequences of deeply inappropriate behaviour such as his.

“He will now be placed on the College of Policing’s list of former officers who are barred from working for the police service in the future.”

The hearing at police headquarters in Portishead followed an investigation carried out by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).




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