Former Dorset Police constable Christopher Maidment banned from profession over gross misconduct against female colleagues
A FORMER Christchurch police constable made sexually explicit comments to female colleagues and touched them without permission, a misconduct panel has found.
Christopher Maidment was found guilty of gross misconduct at a special hearing and would have been dismissed from Dorset Police had he not already resigned.
The ruling means he is now barred from being employed or appointed to any policing roles in the future.
Dorset Police said the proceedings considered a number of alleged breaches of the standards of professional behaviour in relation to inappropriate, sexualised behaviour toward female colleagues on and off duty.
The force’s counter-corruption unit investigated the conduct of Mr Maidment and established that between 2019 and 2021 he had made a large number of harassing comments of a sexual nature.
He did so in person and via messages, and inappropriately touched some of them.
As a result of the evidence, former PC Maidment accepted that he had committed gross misconduct and resigned from Dorset Police prior to the hearing.
It emerged that Mr Maidment had been informed on more than one occasion that his behaviours and suggestions were unacceptable.
Deputy Chief Constable Sam de Reya said: "I would like to commend the bravery and courage of the six women and other witnesses who took the decision to step forward and report this unacceptable behaviour.
"There is no place in policing for individuals to behave and offend in this way against their colleagues who were in the workplace providing a professional service to the public.
"We pride ourselves on the quality of the people who work for Dorset Police and this abhorrent behaviour is not indicative of the overwhelming majority of colleagues."
She added: "We have recently introduced bystander training to help remind those who have concerns about an individual or have witnessed behaviour to step forward.
"We have also introduced a survivors' group for our staff and officers who have been subject to gender-based violence, internally and externally to the organisation, to provide additional support and to shape our future leadership and policy.”
Dorset Police said the hearing happened in September but legal reasons prevented the result being published until now.