Counter terror police officer is sacked after he sent X-rated video of himself to someone he met on dating app while he was on duty in station
- PC Jonathan Finch, from Isle of Wight, sent 771 WhatsApp messages to person
- Included a video in which he exposed himself while in police uniform at work
- PC Finch attended 2-day hearing and was dismissed for gross misconduct
- Worked in Child Sexual Exploitation and Counter Terrorism on Isle of Wight
A counter terror police officer who sent an x-rated video of himself in uniform to someone he met on a dating app has been sacked.
PC Jonathan Finch, from the Isle of Wight, sent 771 WhatsApp messages to the person over two days, most of which were of a sexual nature.
These included a video in which he exposed himself while in police uniform in a Hampshire Constabulary building.
PC Finch – who worked in Child Sexual Exploitation and Counter Terrorism – attended a two-day hearing last month and was dismissed for gross misconduct.
The officer had been in Hampshire Police for over 14 years. Outside of work, he is credited as a founder of the Isle of Wight Pride group, but is not linked to the group any more.
PC Jonathan Finch (pictured), from the Isle of Wight – who sent a selfie video exposing himself while in uniform to someone he met on a dating app – has been sacked
The misconduct hearing heard the messages from PC Finch – who goes by Joe – were sent over two days in April 2018.
Some involved PC Finch trying to arrange to engage in sexual activity with the person.
The misconduct panel concluded his actions – which happened in an unnamed police building – amounted to gross misconduct.
He was found to be in breach of Hampshire Constabulary’s Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct and was dismissed without notice, the Island Echo reports.
PC Finch sent 771 WhatsApp messages to the person over two days, most of which were of a sexual nature
It also found he dishonestly claimed for overtime which he had not worked, meaning he was in breach of the force’s Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Honesty and Integrity, Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct.
Hampshire Constabulary Deputy Chief Constable Sara Glen, of Hampshire Police, said: ‘Maintaining the trust and confidence of our communities can only be achieved if our police officers uphold the highest standards of professional behaviour at all times, but especially when on duty.
‘Honesty and integrity is an integral part of being a police officer and there is no place within our force for those who choose to ignore the fundamental principles of policing.’
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