Superintendent Steve Quinn dismissed for Gross Misconduct

A Warwickshire Police officer has been dismissed for Gross Misconduct. (editor: he was previously under investigation for harassment of female officers)

Following a misconduct hearing chaired by independent legally qualified chair Mr Colin Phillips that ran over a number of sittings between the 16th March to the 3rd September, Superintendent Steve Quinn was dismissed with immediate effect.

The hearing found the behaviour of former Superintendent Steve Quinn fell below the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to honesty and integrity; discreditable conduct; and authority respect and courtesy. The Panel found four allegations of Gross Misconduct proved and three allegations amounting to Misconduct.

NB The independent legally qualified chair has ruled that no further information can be released by Warwickshire Police in relation to this matter.  (editor: which goes against comments made by the The Assistant Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police, Alex Franklin-Smith from 2019, see below)




Superintendent Steve Quinn was under investigation in March 2019 for harassment of female officers.

The Assistant Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police, Alex Franklin-Smith, said:

“As a result of information received by the force, relating to the conduct of Superintendent Steve Quinn  towards other colleagues, an investigation has commenced by the force’s Professional Standards Department.

“This has been referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct and is currently a supervised investigation.

The force absolutely supports an open and transparent process and, if proven, does not tolerate any conduct or behaviour which fails to meet our high standards.


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  1. You are correct in your assessment that Warwickshire Police does have a problem – but unfortunately the problem is people such as those individuals who have responded to this article, in particular John Doe.

    It’s obvious that John Doe has access to sensitive information, and although what is stated isn’t factually correct, it’s clear that John Doe either works for Professional Standards or is a senior officer within Warwickshire Police…speaks volumes (as do the other responses).

    Isn’t it also interesting that all of John Doe’s ‘observations’ involve woman with a link to senior male officers? Obviously the men at Warkwickshire are perfect…

    Steve Quinn used his position of authority, trust and power to target and pray on younger, junior female officers for his own gratification and power trip.

    Interestingly The Sun newspaper ran an article on his conduct back in March 2019, and Warkwickshire Police responded with a statement that said that they would support ‘an open and transparent’ investigation. So with the in mind why were no details released when they announced (as quietly as possible) his departure from the force in September 2020?

    And the real interesting part of this entire situation for the women involved is how they were treated and ‘hung out to dry’ by Warkwickshire Police. They were the victims of Quinn’s actions but instead of being supported and treated like victims the force treated them no different to Quinn as if they were the bad people. This was done purely to protect Quinn and the forces reputation.

    My guess would be that with the current political climate that a lot of senior male officers at Warwickshire Police (and other forces) are looking over their shoulders nervously…

    • It’s known within the force that the terms ‘groomed’ and ‘exploited’ were used to describe Quinn’s actions and crimes. It was also stated that there was a ‘pattern’ to his behaviour and how he went about luring his next victim. This man was Head of safeguarding for the entire force. If a woman couldn’t trust him who could she trust? This is the man that was trusted to stamp out such behaviour, not commit it. And if the force couldn’t protect their own, the victims of these crimes, how on earth are we supposed to trust them to protect the communities they serve?

      This may indicate why the force choose not to publish details as this would certainly have a significant impact on the organisation. I’d also argue that this would have a huge impact on his victims – but I doubt that was front of mind for the force.

      Ultimately this was dealt with internally, just a shame it wasn’t approached from a criminal perspective as the outcome may have been so much different. Quinn abused and assaulted younger, junior female officers for his own sexual needs, end of.

      I really hope that this entire situation is revisited and independently investigated, putting his victims at the heart of the investigation. If this was an external investigation that’s exactly what they would do, support and protect the victim, not use them as scapegoats to protect themselves and the officers involved.

      What is done is done and the past can’t be changed, but his victims deserve justice and closure. Let’s hope and pray they get it.

  2. Absolute scandalous that Steve Quinn has been dismissed; nothing more than a political witch hunt. Remember: What goes around,comes around!

  3. Ask Warwickshire Police about DI Jacqueline McBrearty and her gross misconduct finding which they have covered up (but she kept her job) she lied and claimed expenses also ask about T/DS Walker and her gross misconduct (which they have covered up)finding but once again kept her job until she used a blue badge (not belonging to her) to park outside the Police Station in Leamington, also ask Warwickshire Police about ex DC Nicola Burley who formed a sexual relationship with a sex offender she was managing and her line managers namely DI Ruby Nailor was aware of…she is now under Investigation for that. In addition it is known DI Nailor rubbed a seniir officers leg a number of times under a table in a force meeting, but nothing is being done which has left the majority of our force in disbelief. Warwickshire Police have a problem but have made a good Superintendent a scapegoat even though he did wrong.

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