A misconduct hearing into a Merseyside Police officer's accusations was held yesterday. The panel dismissed the cop known as Officer A after accepting the evidence put against him, Dailystar reports. According to the report, the officer met a sex worker at a hotel and had sex with her on February 5 last year. When force’s anti-corruption unit entered the hotel room shortly after the incident and spoke to the woman, she admitted she performed a sex act on Officer A. Detectives then seized a used condom, Liverpool Echo reports.
Hearing chairwoman Louise Brandon said the allegations were "extremely grave". She said Officer A's actions in meeting up with a sex worker on duty "discredits the police service", adding that standard, honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct were also breached on the day. The officer, who did not attend the hearing, was dismissed from Merseyside Police Force without notice.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Ms Brandon said the panel was satisfied that Officer A's dismissal was "justified". She said: "Considering all of the evidence available and the admissions made by Officer A, the panel are satisfied that there has been a breach of professional standards and that dismissal is justified.
"In our judgement, Officer A's actions amounted to a very serious breach of honesty and integrity and credibility. The public expects that very high levels of honesty and integrity are adhered to by police."