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Police officer Dismissed from South Wales Police

A police officer has been dismissed from South Wales Police, after he admitted engaging in sexual activity while on duty.

A Police Misconduct hearing at County Hall, Cardiff, considered allegations that PC Alex Price and former PC Abby Powell breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour – namely standard 6, Duties and Responsibilities and Standard 9, Discreditable Conduct.

PC Price also faced a further allegation that he breached Standard 2, relating to authority, respect and courtesy.

PC Price admitted all allegations against him, and that the breaches in standards amounted to gross misconduct.

PC Powell – who resigned prior to the hearing – also admitted the allegations and gross misconduct.

The former partners, who were both based in the force’s Northern Division, were investigated by the Professional Standards Department after PC Powell made a complaint about PC Price’s behaviour towards her.

Investigating officers uncovered text messages between the two, suggesting they had engaged in sexual activity while on duty.

The case against the two was considered by an independent panel, consisting of a legally qualified chair, a police superintendent and an independent member, during the two-day hearing.

PC Price, who had been on restricted duties during the investigation, was dismissed from the force.

The panel also ruled that PC Powell would have been dismissed had she not resigned during the investigation.

A referral will now be made to the College of Policing for both officers to be added to the Barring List, preventing them from returning to the profession.

Superintendent Mark Lenihan, Deputy Head of Professional Standards, said: “All police officers pledge to uphold the Standards of Professional Behaviour and Codes of Ethics, and South Wales Police takes extremely seriously those who fail to do so.

“The force employs a workforce of almost 5,000, and the conduct of PCs Price and Powell is not representative of the vast majority of our staff and officers who demonstrate the highest levels of conduct at all times.

“The panel was left with little option but to dismiss both officers as there is no place within South Wales Police for those who undermine the public’s trust in policing.”