A serving British Transport Police officer has been dismissed without notice from the Force following a public misconduct hearing.
Inspector Matt Goldspink, based in London, attended the hearing at the PSD Rooms, on Toft Green, York, on Friday 14 January where he answered allegations that he breached the standards of professional behaviour, namely Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct.
It was proven that in September 2020 Inspector Goldspink made an inappropriate comment of a sexual nature to a female PC in reference to their job application process.
On separate occasions, he made further comments to a female PC in the workplace which were regarded as being inappropriate and of a sexual nature.
The independent panel found that his actions amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.
Detective Superintendent Peter Fulton, Head of BTP’s Professional Standards Department, said: “For Inspector Goldspink to subject a female officer to lewd and sexualised comments while she was simply trying to do her job is quite frankly appalling. I have no doubt that he thought he could try and pass off such vile language as “banter” and get away with it because of his rank - and he was very much mistaken.
“There is absolutely no place for this sort of behaviour in British Transport Police and as in this case, we will always relentlessly challenge and take action against anyone who falls below the high standards we expect and that the public rightly deserve.
“I wholeheartedly support the decision of the independent panel to dismiss him with immediate effect.”