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DC 2194 Craig Winkless appeared at a misconduct hearing between Monday 26 April and Thursday 29 April 2021 in relation to alleged breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Honesty and Integrity, Authority, Respect and Courtesy, Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct.
The allegations having been assessed as gross Misconduct
It was alleged that on 25th April 2019, DC Winkless visited witness A at her home address as part of his duties, whilst investigating an allegation of assault by her ex-partner.
Whilst at the address it was alleged that the officer made inappropriate and unprofessional sexualised comments and it is further alleged that he also inappropriately touched witness A in a sexualised manner.
Furthermore, after leaving the address it was alleged that the officer made inappropriate and unprofessional contact with witness A by text message.
The Officer denied the breaches.
The panel, chaired by a legally qualified chair and including a senior police officer and an independent member concluded that taking all of the circumstances into consideration, found that all of the allegations were not proven, and determined that the most appropriate outcome was no further action.