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Detective Sergeant 1512 Rick Jones of Nottingham police retired from his police role in 2019 after 30 years of service.
In the same year, Jones took up a civilian staff position in Nottingham Professional Standards Department (PSD). PSD is the department within the police force that internally investigates complaints against its own police officers.
Back in 2010, whilst he was a serving police officer, Jones was charged with shoplifting from the Asda Grantham store and was on trial at Grantham Magistrates Court but found not guilty. It is understood that Jones defence to the criminal allegation was ‘work-related stress‘ as he was apparently on his phone to work as he wandered out of the shop with a trolley full of unpaid goods. This was accepted and he was acquitted.
In 2015, a criminal investigation took place against Jones for Malicious Communications against an innocent man, again, police took No Further Action (NFA)
In 2016, a sexual abuse allegation was made against Jones by a female. The police took no action and Jones continued in his role as a police officer.
In 2018, Jones applied for the National Crime Agency, he used Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Broadhead of St Annes police station, Nottingham as a police reference. He also used the Nottinghamshire police HR department as a further reference.
Jones retired from the police force in 2019 after 30 years of service. He re-joined their PSD as a civilian staff worker.
This is a characterture of Jones created by his work colleagues as a retirement gift (provided by a police source). In the sketch, his colleagues included a supermarket trolley to relate to the shoplifting incident and containing fans he was alleged to have stolen from police headquarters.
In 2020, another sexual abuse allegation was made against Jones by a police work colleague. An investigation took place and introduced the disregarded allegation from 2016. The police went on to seek a charging decision from the CPS who decided to take No Further Action (NFA) against Jones.
On 21st April 2021 at 6:30 am, neighbours reported that the police raided the home of Rick Jones at The Meadows, Long Bennington, Newark, Nottinghamshire and he was arrested. His home and vehicles were searched.
On 5th May 2021, Jones resigned from the Nottingham police Professional Standards Department.
On 26th May 2021, Jones was brought before a Misconduct Pane which took place in Nottinghamshire police HQ. The panel found that the allegations brought against Jones were proven, and the panel sanctioned that had Jones not already resigned, he would have been dismissed.
Although Rick Jones was subject to a Misconduct Hearing and dismissed retrospectively, Nottinghamshire police have not published this hearing or outcome on their public page (link opens in a new window) https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/access-information/misconduct-hearings
Jones was also added to the College of Policing Barred list, but there is no reference to him on the list, possibly due to him being police staff.
Nottinghamshire police were asked to comment. Although they did respond to our request asking for the deadline of the publication (which was provided), they failed to provide any further detail.
The College of Policing was asked to comment but did not respond.
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Article by: Paul Ponting