- Daniel Cobley was dismissed from Thames Valley Police, yesterday
- Constable falsely 'updated' victim on investigation into stolen phone
- Cobley had only been a policeman for two years before being sacked
- Detective Chief Superintendent said police must be honest to gain trust
12 MARCH 2016 | UPDATED: 12 MARCH 2016 | BY Poppy Danby FOR MAILONLINE
A police constable has been sacked for claiming to talk to a victim of theft who was already dead.
Daniel Cobley falsely updated a crime file to say that he had spoken to the man about his stolen phone.However, he didn’t realise that the man had actually died following the incident.
The policeman’s lies soon unravelled and yesterday, PC Cobley paid the price for his dishonesty when the Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police dismissed him for breaching rules on integrity and honesty.
A disciplinary hearing was told that Cobley had logged on to the force computer system several times reporting that he had spoken to a person who had their mobile phone stolen, to tell them how the investigation was going.
The shamed officer was unaware that the victim had died shortly after the theft and senior officers found out he had been lying.
A misconduct hearing held by Thames Valley Police ended with Cobley being dismissed after he admitted breaching the ‘Honesty and Integrity Standard of Professional Behaviour’ set out in the Schedule to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012.
A spokesman for the force said: ‘In August 2014, PC Cobley was appointed as officer in the case to investigate the theft of a victim’s mobile phone in Reading, Berks.
‘Between October 15 2014 and May 1 2015, PC Cobley made entries onto a police database relating to the theft, stating that he had updated the victim with the progress of the investigation.
‘The officer had in fact made no such contact as the victim had died following the offence. His entries on the database were therefore false.’
The misconduct hearing was held at the force’s headquarters, in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, and chaired by Chief Constable Francis Habgood who later sacked Cobley without notice.
Head of Professional Standards Department, Detective Chief Superintendent Tim De Meyer said: ‘In order for the public to have confidence in the police, they must be entitled to expect that officers will tell the truth.
‘Furthermore, officers should expect that entries made on systems by colleagues can be relied upon. PC Cobley’s actions were therefore wholly at odds with what the public and his colleagues should expect of an honest and competent officer.
‘This case demonstrates how seriously Thames Valley Police takes matters of honesty and integrity.
‘The importance of acting in good faith and recording things truthfully is repeatedly emphasised to officers and today’s dismissal shows that there will be serious consequences in the rare cases where these standards are not upheld.’
Cobley, aged in his 40s, was only two years into his career as a police officer and had previous jobs as a data analyst, recruitment consultant and loans administrator.