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Serving police officer dismissed from the Force – Birmingham



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A BTP officer was yesterday (21 August) dismissed without notice after a misconduct hearing found he had breached the standards of professional behaviour.

PC Ben Smedley, based in Birmingham, attended the two-day hearing at Toft Green in York. 

Whilst on duty at Birmingham Moor Street station in August 2017, PC Smedley acted in an inappropriate manner to a member of rail staff at the station. PC Smedley showed the member of staff inappropriate photos on his phone, making her feel uncomfortable. 

An independent panel found that PC Smedley’s action amounted to gross misconduct, breaching the Standards of Professional Behaviour of discreditable conduct and authority, respect and courtesy. 

Head of Professional Standards, Supt Gill Murray, said: “PC Smedley acted in a grossly inappropriate manner towards a member of rail staff, a key community we work hard to protect from harm, it is right that the panel dismissed him from the Force without notice. 

“His actions are not representative of the vast majority of hard working and responsible officers up and down the nation who work hard to keep the travelling public safe.”

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