Cumbria Police Inspector Dismissed For Misconduct Amid Allegations Of Making ‘Sexual Comments’ To Colleagues

A Cumbria Police inspector has been dismissed for misconduct following an investigation of the allegations he made ‘sexual comments towards colleagues’ while he was off-duty.

The inspector also faced allegations of intentionally touching a colleague’s bare leg, and subsequently has been dismissed. 

Simon Gee, an Inspector employed by Cumbria Constabulary since July 2020, was the subject of a misconduct hearing between April 11 and 14. The hearing was chaired by an Independent Legally Qualified Chair.

Gee faced four allegations of misconduct. Two were found to amount to gross misconduct and two were found to amount to misconduct.

The hearing found that his actions were so serious as to justify dismissal.

Gee was investigated after fellow officers recognised his actions towards colleagues on a night out were inappropriate and raised their concerns to the Constabulary’s Professional Standards Department.  

As a result of the hearing, Gee will be placed on the College of Policing’s barred list.

Cumbria Constabulary’s Deputy Chief Constable Rob Carden said: “Cumbria Police holds its officers to the highest standards of integrity, whether on or off duty. It is clear that this officer fell far below these standards.

“Whilst this incident took place when the officer was off duty, his comments and actions towards policing colleagues were inappropriate and inexcusable. No police officer should act in this way.

“The finding of Gross Misconduct will result not only in the officer’s dismissal from the force, but also addition to the barred list, meaning the individual will not be able to become a police officer elsewhere.

“I can assure the public that this officer’s actions are wholly unrepresentative of our Police Officers and staff, who work every day to keep people safe and in a manner which we can all be proud.

“I hope that the outcome of the Misconduct Proceedings will demonstrate to the public that all allegations against police officers and staff are treated with the utmost seriousness, investigated thoroughly and, where wrong-doing is found to be evidenced, significant action taken to hold them accountable.

“I would like to thank the panel, and in particular the Independent Legally Qualified Chair, for their thoroughness and diligence throughout this hearing.”