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Cleveland mull “legal options” over officer who urinated in shop

Cleveland has said they are considering legal options after gross misconduct was found proven against the officer, but the independent panel said she could keep her job.

PC Amelia Shearer had urinated in a changing room of clothing store Urban Outfitters after consuming alcohol across a four hour period. She had then lied about the incident to her superior and maintained throughout the hearing that she had not urinated.

The 24 year old probationer was said to have had a promising career ahead of her, with her superior, Inspector Christain Duree, telling the hearing she was “excellent”.

Chief Constable Mark Webster has nonetheless now said that her actions were “incompatible” with his expectations of those who serve in the force.

He said: “Officers must adhere to the highest standards of behaviour and exemplify our values, whether on or off duty.

“The actions of this officer are incompatible with my expectations for those who serve in Cleveland and out of keeping with their role, which other officers uphold with pride and integrity.

“Cleveland Police’s Department of Standards and Ethics prepare evidence for misconduct hearings. Evidence is heard and a determination made by a panel chaired by an independent Legally Qualified Chair (LQC).

“The misconduct process is in place to protect our standards and ensure public confidence in policing so we are concerned by the outcome determined at yesterday’s hearing. We are now considering the legal options available to us.”

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