He was accused of sending inappropriate and unwanted messages to women he did not know on Instagram while off duty
An Essex Police special constable who sent ‘inappropriate and unwanted messages’ to strangers on social media has been found to have committed gross misconduct.
SC Liam McCready-Gardner was accused of sending inappropriate and unwanted messages to women he did not know on Instagram while off duty.
He was arrested on March 2 on suspicion of sending malicious communications after one of the incidents was reported to police. He was suspended from his role as a special constable following his arrest.
He was found guilty of these allegations at an accelerated Police Misconduct Hearing, which took place at Essex Police Headquarters last Thursday (July 29).
The allegations would breach the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of ‘Discreditable Conduct’ and would amount to gross misconduct.
He was convicted of malicious communications on March 31 and ordered to pay a £150 fine, costs of £105 and a £34 victim surcharge.
Chief constable BJ Harrington said: “I demand the highest level of conduct from all my officers and staff and Liam McCready-Gardner has fallen woefully short of that standard”.
“We police with the public’s consent and his actions could serve to damage their confidence in us.
“His actions do not reflect Essex Police and the thousands of officers and staff who keep you safe, including when you go online.
“When the offences came to light, he was investigated by my officers and that investigation led to his conviction.
“We have now acted quickly to ensure he can no longer represent Essex Police.”