A serving British Transport Police officer has been dismissed without notice from the Force yesterday (28 April ) following a public misconduct hearing.
PC Jack Bower-Wilson, based in London, attended the hearing at the PSD rooms in York between 28 and 29 April, where he answered allegations that he breached the standards of professional behaviour, namely honesty and integrity, authority, respect and courtesy, and discreditable conduct.
Between 6 and 7 May 2021 PC Bower-Wilson sent a number of sexually inappropriate messages to a female member of the public on social media.
The independent panel found that his actions amounted to gross misconduct, and he has been dismissed from the force with immediate effect.
Detective Superintendent Peter Fulton, Head of BTP’s Professional Standards Department, said: “Tackling inappropriate sexual behaviour is BTP’s number one priority, and incidents like this completely undermine our efforts which is why we take them so seriously.
“Police officers are expected to behave with integrity whether they are on or off duty, and we will relentless challenge anyone who breaches this fundamental obligation.
“Sending inappropriate sexual messages to anyone is entirely inexcusable, so I wholeheartedly support the decision of the independent panel to dismiss PC Bower-Wilson with immediate effect.”