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Dismissal of PC Andrew Sweeney
On 25th January 2018 PC Andrew Sweeney was dismissed from Hertfordshire Constabulary by the panel at a Misconduct Hearing.
 
The panel found that PC Sweeney had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour namely Authority Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct. The panel found that these breaches amounted to Gross Misconduct.
 
The findings relate to an incident on the 1st September 2016 when PC Sweeney was on duty and gave a vulnerable female member of the public a lift home in a marked police vehicle. During the journey telephone numbers were exchanged and messages sent between the parties.
 
Once PC Sweeney finished his tour of duty he visited the home address of the female where a consensual sexual activity took place.  
 
Deputy Chief Constable Michelle Dunn said; “PC Sweeney’s behaviour was totally unacceptable and it is quite right that he has been dismissed without notice.  He grossly breached the high standards of professional conduct and ethical behaviour that we and the public expect from the police service.  There is no place in Hertfordshire Constabulary for those who exploit vulnerable people, especially when we should be there to protect and support them.”
 
David Lloyd, PCC for Hertfordshire said:  “PC Andrew Sweeney’s behaviour brought the excellent reputation of Hertfordshire Constabulary into disrepute. He failed to live up to the high standards we rightly expect of our officers and broke the trust of a vulnerable person. He fundamentally undermined the position of police officer.
 
“I welcome the decision of the panel and am pleased that the message from Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable has been so clear: this conduct will not be tolerated and the Constabulary will make sure that officers who break the rules are held to account for their behaviour.
 
“I also welcome the fact that these hearings now take place in public, which demonstrates how seriously complaints against the police are taken and the firm action which is taken as a result.”