Police officer to face misconduct hearing over alleged misuse of computer system to look up family members
A Northumbria Police officer is to face a misconduct hearing after it is claimed she used the force’s computer system to look up family members and other people she knew then misleading bosses when she was questioned about it.
The four-day hearing is expected to begin on Monday, March 22, and will see PC Syeda Miah go before a panel at Forth Banks Police Station in Newcastle.
Details published ahead of the sessions set out that the alleged conduct happened between Friday, March 20, and Monday, June 22, last year when the officer accessed information through the force’s computer systems “relating to individuals including the officer and family members without having a legitimate policing purpose for doing so.”
It goes on to say that during a meeting with a senior officer, it is alleged she provided an account which is said to have been “inaccurate, misleading and/or dishonest; specifically when questioned regarding accessing police computer systems relating to her family, the officer denied doing so.”
It adds: “Following a domestic incident at the officer’s home, during subsequent interactions with professionals from partner agencies, the officer deliberately sought to downplay and/or misrepresent the incident; and/or presented the incident as one not giving rise to a legitimate concern for those partner agencies, in a manner likely to bring discredit on the force.”
Northumbria Police says it is alleged the officer’s conduct breaches the Standards of Professional Behaviour contained on matters of confidentiality, orders and instructions, honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct and therefore amounts to Gross Misconduct.
The hearing is to be held in private due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions in place and following a determination of the hearing’s chairman.
The force has said: “Northumbria Police demands the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity from its officers and staff.
"Where those standards are not met, consideration may be given to instigating misconduct proceedings.
"We are committed to transparency and accountability.”
It publishes the outcomes of misconduct hearings and those who resign before the conclusion of proceedings, where it has been established there was a case to answer, via its website.