Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police
Allegations of gross misconduct have been found proven against a former detective sergeant who resigned from the MPS in November 2018.
A misconduct hearing was held on Tuesday, 15 December, presided over by an independent legally qualified chair and assisted by an independent person appointed by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime along with a Police Superintendent. This was to answer allegations that former DS Stephen Redgewell’s conduct amounted to a breach of standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Equality and Diversity, Discreditable Conduct and Authority, Respect and Courtesy. Further, this conduct was alleged to amount to gross misconduct.
It was alleged that between October 2015 and October 2017, former DS Redgewell engaged in a course of conduct by which he sought to establish or pursue an improper sexual or emotional relationship with an officer he was representing in his role as a Metropolitan Police Federation Representative.
It is also alleged that in the same period, former DS Redgewell used homophobic, sexist and racist language in text messages and conversations.
On Wednesday, 16 December, having considered all of the evidence, the panel, found the allegation proven and had DS Redgewell still been a serving officer he would have been dismissed.
DS Redgewell resigned from the MPS in November 2018.
Commander Paul Betts, of the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, said: “The actions of former DS Redgewell fell well below the standards expected by the Met and the public we serve.
“He abused his position as a federation representative to pursue a relationship with a female officer, who he was assisting with a work issue. This unacceptable behaviour was compounded by the fact DS Redgewell knew the woman was vulnerable at the time.
“The language used in text messages and conversations over the period of this relationship were also extremely offensive and have absolutely no place in the Metropolitan Police.
“The Met has a zero tolerance policy for any behaviour that is racist, sexist or homophobic and it is right DS Redgewell would have been dismissed without notice if he had still been a serving officer.”