Student West Midlands Police officer sent sexual messages to female colleagues

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He had started training with West Midlands Police in April this year

A student police officer sent graphic messages on social media to female colleagues and even followed her home, a West Midlands Police misconduct hearing found today (Tuesday, July 26).

Former PC George Mitchell started training with the force in April this year after attending an induction meeting in March. He then sent a number of social media messages to fellow female colleagues of a graphic and sexual nature. He also followed a fellow student to home after work which was unwanted and distressing for her.

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Mitchell breached the standards of professional behaviour, it was found. He resigned, but in a hearing chaired by Chief Constable Sir David Thompson, he found he would have been dismissed.

He said: “Mr Mitchell is wholly responsible for his behaviour. It is unwanted by any of these officers who were embarking with excitement on a new career. The nature of this communication is abhorrent and he exploited the obvious desire of new officers to make new friends to advance his sexual motives.

“Cases of sexual impropriety undermine trust in the police service.

“I am relieved Mr Mitchell’s behaviour was detected before he ever became an operational police officer. He certainly has no place in the police service which cares for the most vulnerable and he would have been dismissed without notice if he had been serving.

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He will also be added to the College of Policing Barring Register.

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