A former Northamptonshire Police officer has been accused of “using a work computer” to allegedly check on a new partner. Former copper Michael Clark faces a gross misconduct hearing on Thursday (April 28).
According to the force, on or around November 3, 2020, Clark was on duty when he conducted a “detailed find” using the date of birth and partial surname of a person known as KE, who he had commenced a relationship with.
Clark is accused of accessing the information contained on KE’s nominal record, including an offence where they were listed as the aggrieved.
According to the Northamptonshire Police, this would have provided Clark with “information describing the occurrence and what was recorded. This also provided you with information relating to the other people involved in the occurrence.”
He also faces another allegation of logging out before the end of his shift but did not book the time off – creating an inaccurate record which showed he had continued working.
Occurring between September 1 and December 11, 2020, the charge reads: “At all material times you were deployed in the Initial Investigation Team (IIT).
“You understood that Northamptonshire Police operated a duty management system for booking on and off duty. This was intended to record working time to ensure that staff worked the hours for which they were paid.
“Where staff worked more hours than rostered, this would be due back to them as time off in lieu (TOIL). The accurate operation of this system relies on staff booking on and booking off manually.
“On various dates between September 1 and December 11, 2020, you logged out of your computer and finished work before the end of your rostered period of duty, but did not book off. The failure to book off created the inaccurate record that you had continued working until your end of duty time.
“The failure to book off on days when you finished work early maintained a false impression that you retained a balance of time off in lieu (TOIL). Had you booked off when you finished work, your TOIL balance would have been depleted.
“The failure to book off enabled you to continue to request and/or take time off attributing it to a TOIL balance which had been artificially maintained and/or to which you were not entitled. This created the false impression that you were entitled to TOIL.”
The gross misconduct disciplinary hearing will be held at the Greenwell Room, Wootton Hall, Mereway by Northamptonshire Police.