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PCSO fined for masturbating in park on duty

The former PCSO was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty to the offence.

Former Met PCSO Kevin Phillips went viral at the end of March after a member of the public filmed him masturbating in a public park whilst in uniform.

The video was uploaded to social media and was seen tens of thousands of times.

Phillips, 56, committed the act in uniform on a bench in a south London park. His police badge number was visible in the video.

He was today fined £500 for the offence.

Married with two daughters, Phillips worked in the Roads and Transport Policing command. He was arrested, charged and pleaded guilty to the offence within 48 hours of the video going viral.

He had blamed his behaviour on stress and a medical condition.

He was suspended after his arrest and subsequently resigned. The matter was referred to the IOPC and a misconduct hearing which took place in May found that he would have been sacked.

The investigation was led by the Met's Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offences professionalism team which was launched in January. Made up of 30 officers, the team investigates allegations of sexual misconduct and domestic abuse involving Met officers and staff. 

Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens, who leads the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command said Phillips’ actions were “contrary to everything the decent officers and staff of the Metropolitan Police stand for”.

He added: “He has let down a great many of his colleagues and the public whom we serve. There is absolutely no place in the Met for such appalling behaviour.”

He said: “I trust such swift action will assure the public how seriously we take breaches of trust and confidence and how robustly we will work to root out those who undermine the service.”

The force has said they are “working really hard to begin rebuilding the public’s trust and confidence that police officers will protect and respect them […] including two independent reviews, an examination of all current investigations of sexual and domestic abuse allegations against Met employees and an increase in the number of investigators in our professional standards directorate to root out those whose behaviour is unacceptable.”

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