Northamptonshire police officer caught visiting parents during lockdown resigns

A Northamptonshire police officer has resigned after breaking a number of rules – including visiting his family during the strictest Covid-19 lockdown.

Constable Mitchel Denton was found to be in breach of three separate rules in 2020 and 2021 at a gross misconduct hearing held by Northamptonshire Police on September 22.

The misconduct panel heard that between June 3, 2020, and September 11, 2020, he accessed the confidential NICHE police system and conducted a search for an individual on two occasions.

A report said that he had accessed information about a man because of his connection to a person he was in a relationship with.

The second charge took place in January 2021 when Mr Denton visited his parents at their home address on three occasions breaching Covid-19 regulations which made it an offence to meet other people inside a home if they were not part of a support bubble.

Finally, the former copper was accused of leaving at 11.54am when working an 8am to 4pm shift at the force’s HQ on January 25, 2021.

He did not return to work on that day and did not have permission or any reasonable excuse to leave work early.

After admitting to all the charges, Mr Denton reportedly left Northamptonshire Police.

The board reviewed the breaches before deciding that “the seriousness of the former officer’s gross misconduct was such that it destroyed any possibility that the former officer could have remained in service”.

It continued: “The gross misconduct was so serious in each of the three admitted allegations that nothing less than dismissal would have been appropriate.”

“The panel found that the gravity of the gross misconduct, which cumulatively extended over a series of incidents involving serious disregard for the law, and for organisational rules, meant that if the panel were to have opted for any outcome less serious than dismissal then public trust and confidence in policing would only be further, and seriously, damaged.”

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