Former BTP officer dismissed for sexualised behaviour – London
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A former British Transport Police officer has been dismissed without notice from the Force this week (30 August) following a public misconduct hearing.
PC Ian Pinnell, based in London, resigned from the force in May and the hearing took place at Force Headquarters, Camden, on 30 August in his absence.
He was called to answer allegations relating to breaches of the standards of professional behaviour namely honesty and integrity, authority, respect and courtesy, equality and diversity, and discreditable conduct.
It was alleged that:
PC Pinnell would incessantly introduce innuendos or topics of a sexual nature into conversations with colleagues. He would repeatedly talk about his sex life and ask other colleagues about theirs.
In March 2020 PC Pinnell stroked a colleagues thigh which was unsolicited and inappropriate.
On 25 May 2021 bought a colleague a pen with a moulding of a penis on top. He then packed it in a box which had previously contained a sex toy and wrapped it up. He gave it to the officer who unknowingly unwrapped it in front of her family.
The panel concluded that the allegations were proven and amounted to gross misconduct. Had PC Pinnell still been a serving officer, he would have been dismissed without notice.
Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Goddard-King of BTP’s Professional Standards Department, said: “Tackling inappropriate sexual behaviour is BTP’s number one priority. In the same way passengers should be able to travel without fear of sexual harassment, our colleagues should be able to come to work without being subject to a torrent of disgusting sexualised behaviour. We are absolutely determined to stamp it out within our own workforce.
Ian Pinnell chose to resign and not attend this hearing, but if we are to restore public confidence in policing it is absolutely vital we still hold these proceedings and report on the details openly and transparently. I wholeheartedly agree with the decision of the panel to dismiss him in his absence.”