Policeman sacked after affair with domestic abuse victim

PC Richard Davis
PC Richard Davis

A well-known neighbourhood police officer has been dismissed for gross misconduct after he had an inappropriate relationship with a victim of domestic violence.

Buckingham PC Richard Davis was dismissed from Thames Valley Police on Tuesday after behaving in a ‘discreditable and dishonest’ way, including lying about the relationship and breaking his bail conditions.

Mr Davis, who had been suspended for over 18 months, was dismissed with immediate effect although he has ten working days to appeal the decision.

The police investigation, managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), found that he had an inappropriate relationship with a victim of domestic abuse, which he later lied about when questioned.

Mr Davis was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office on March 1 2013 and released on bail, with a condition to have no contact with the domestic abuse victim.

He then breached this bail conditions.

No criminal charges were brought against Mr Davis in relation to the alleged misconduct in a public office offence but the case did proceed to a misconduct hearing and Mr Davis was dismissed.

Deputy Ch Con Francis Habgood said: “Such discreditable and dishonest conduct is completely at odds with our code of ethics and with the standards of behaviour that the public should expect from its police officers.

“I am grateful to the witnesses whose evidence enabled us to identify this misconduct.

“The great majority of officers work tirelessly to serve vulnerable victims.

“This case demonstrates that, in the rare cases where officers abuse their position of trust, the matter will be thoroughly investigated and firmly dealt with.”

Mr Davis has 10 working days from receipt of his dismissal notice to appeal the decision.