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Evesham police officer dismissed with immediate effect for gross misconduct

Evesham Editorial 23rd Nov, 2017 Updated: 23rd Nov, 2017

AN EVESHAM police officer has been dismissed from the force with immediate effect for gross misconduct.

Following a Special Case Fast Track Hearing held yesterday, PC Kate Buesing was dismissed after she obtained and disclosed personal data from West Mercia Police’s computer systems and shared the information with a third party.

This resulted in PC Buesing being convicted at Warwick Crown Court on August 31 2017 of two offences under the Data Protection Act, consisting of one charge of obtaining personal data and one charge of disclosing personal data.

The hearing found that PC Buesing breached the standards of professional behaviour, in particular those relating to confidentiality, orders and instructions and discreditable conduct.

The hearing was conducted by Chief Constable Anthony Bangham and follows an investigation by the Professional Standards Department (PSD).

PC Buesing had completed 14 years’ service with West Mercia Police, most recently based at Evesham.

Superintendent Helena Bennett, Head of Professional Standards for West Mercia Police, said: “The misconduct hearing found that the behaviour of PC Buesing fell below the standards we expect from our officers and staff and amounted to gross misconduct and it is for this reason she was dismissed without notice.”

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