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PC dismissed for abusing his position for sexual purpose

The independent panel found gross misconduct proven.

Former PC Callum McLennan sent inappropriate messages to a  woman he had met during the course of his duties.

The officer had attended a report of a domestic violence incident and then continued to send personal and unprofessional messages to the woman who had reported a crime.

The messages were sent between 4 and 27 February 2021. They included leading, personal statements and discussions of his private live and relationship status. He used kisses in some of the messages and appears to additionally have encouraged the woman to contact him on Facebook.

Initially he had used text messages as a means of updating the woman on the outcome of the incident she had reported. However, during interview under caution, he admitted attempting to develop a relationship with her.

A conduct referral from the force had been made to the IOPC in April 2021 and the investigation concluded in October 2021 with the decision being that the officer should face gross misconduct proceedings.

This week, gross misconduct was found proven by an independently chaired panel and the officer was dismissed without notice.

IOPC Regional Director Thea Walton said: “PC McLennan’s actions were unacceptable and this case is yet another example of how our work is helping tackle the problem. But, ultimately, we need all police forces to act to root out this kind of behaviour and this will require a zero tolerance approach backed up by decisive and consistent action from those in charge.”

Superintendent Steve Ammari, Head of the Professional Standards Department at Northumbria Police, said: “When we became aware of concerns relating to this individual we referred the case to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who carried out an investigation.

“At an independently-chaired misconduct hearing the officer was dismissed without notice. Callum McLennan abused his privileged position and his actions were completely unacceptable.

“His behaviour is in no way representative of the officers, staff and volunteers who continually display the highest levels of professionalism."

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