A MOTORBIKE cop has been sacked for gross misconduct after he sent an explicit photo to a woman on duty.
Award-winning PC Dave Humpherson, from West Midlands Police, met “Miss A” at a petrol station hours after matching on dating app Bumble.
The 41-year-old, who was voted Police Officer of the Year in 2019, was in uniform and on duty when he got into his match’s car at a Shell garage in Bell End, near Clent, south west of Birmingham in September 2019.
The purpose of the meeting was to “explore the possibility of having a sexual relationship,” a virtual hearing at Lloyd House in Birmingham was told.
PC Humpherson, who served 22 years with the force and worked to stop taxi drivers operating illegally, later sent her an explicit photo on WhatsApp the same day, the hearing was told.
West Midlands Police Chief Constable Dave Thompson, who presided over the misconduct hearing, said the actions were “reckless and unwise,” Birmingham Live reports.
He found the officer had breached standards for discreditable conduct, duties and responsibilities and he was sacked without notice as a result of gross misconduct.
PC Humpherson’s barrister argued the PC was “encouraged” into a sexualised conversation by Miss A.
The hearing was told that Miss A sent the PC pictures of herself after striking up a flirty chat.
PC Humpherson’s barrister Bo-Eun Jung said: “He believed this to be a private conversation with someone who was also professional.
“He accepts he was on duty when the picture was sent. It did not stop him carrying out his duties and responsibilities.
“He has made open admissions and has shown genuine remorse.”
Ms Jung said her client was able to carry out his duties at work, which involved admin and emails.
The woman did not make a formal complaint, but had made an inquiry with Professional Standards.
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Speaking after the hearing, Chief Superintendent Stephen Graham, commander at Birmingham West, said: “Humpherson’s behaviour was completely unacceptable and a clear breach of our standards of professional behaviour.
“Serving and protecting the public is paramount and it is vital that our communities have trust and confidence in everything that we do.
“Any officer or staff member that fails to uphold our force values and falls below the high standards we expect will be dealt with accordingly.”
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