An Essex police officer has been dismissed from the force for gross misconduct.
19 MARCH 2016 | UPDATED: 19 MARCH 2016 | BY HARLOW STAR FOR HARLOW STAR
A panel chaired by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh found that PC Scott Goody breached standards of professional behaviour in terms of discreditable conduct and dismissed him without notice.
The hearing was told PC Goody, who was based at Loughton had attended at a domestic incident in the west of the county in August last year.
He subsequently sent inappropriate text messages to the alleged victim and engaged in social media contact with them with the intention of meeting them in a private capacity.
Yesterday (Friday) PC Goody was found to have committed gross misconduct following a hearing at Basildon Magistrates’ and Family Court.
He was dismissed without notice and his name will be added to the national disapproved register, preventing him from ever working as a police officer again.
After the hearing, Chief Constable Kavanagh said: “There can be no greater failing by a police officer then to abuse their position to exploit a vulnerable person. PC Goody failed to fulfil his duties and responsibilities and acted in a way that brings shame on our profession.
“His conduct fell so far below the standards expected of my officers that I had no hesitation in dismissing him for discreditable conduct.
“The public can be reassured that there is no place in Essex Police for people who breach the standards of professional behaviour in this way.”