A POLICE officer on duty stole drugs from an evidence room and had sex in a staff locker room, a court heard.
The man, who can only be described as Officer X, would have been fired from the force had he not resigned before a disciplinary hearing found him guilty of gross misconduct.
Police officer stole diazepam, commonly known as benzos, from the evidence room at Sussex Police Station in Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury, in 2020.
Diazepam, also known as Valium, is a medication used primarily for anxiety and alcohol withdrawal.
Officer X entered the evidence room four times during his duty over a 12-hour period between 11:47 p.m. on April 1 and 11:30 a.m. on April 2.
On April 4, his partner called the police concerned for his well-being.
Police arrived at his home where they found 35 packets of diazepam.
Officer X admitted it was “not prescribed” and told them he got it “upstairs”.
He is said to have tried to cover up his wrongdoing by altering the evidence bags that contained the drugs.
Stealing drugs from the evidence room has been described as “one of the most serious operational acts an officer can do.”
Officer X was later arrested.
The panel was told he had admitted to doctors that he had stolen diazepam.
One doctor said Officer X was “focused on killing himself, not selling the drugs” he was taking.
The panel heard that Officer X had suffered from mental health issues since 2010 and that he suffered from PTSD following an incident on duty in 2018.
An independent medical report states that despite his depression, he had the mental capacity to know stealing the drugs was wrong.
In 2019, Officer X was said to have “formed a relationship” with another officer and had sex with her in the dressing room at John Street Police Station in Brighton.
He made “several attempts” to engage in sexual activity with the officer. One of them was successful on June 17 of this year.
Officer X denied these allegations.
Officer X is also said to have “lied and/or misled the force on mental health forms” when he joined Sussex Police.
He replied no to a question as to whether he was aware of any other issues that might affect his employment.
All allegations are in breach of the Sussex Police Code of Conduct and constitute gross misconduct.
The panel ruled that Officer X’s mental health issues did not bar the misconduct trial against him.
They ruled that he would have been fired on all three charges against him.
The consequence of this is that officer X is placed on a national police blacklist.
Chief Superintendent Lisa Bell, of the Professional Standards Department, said: “Police officers must conduct themselves in a manner that does not discredit the police service or erode public trust.
“The actions of this officer fell well short of the standards and integrity expected of Sussex Police, which is reflected in the panel’s findings.
“The unacceptable behavior that has been heard here will not be tolerated but this bad behavior should not overshadow the hard work of the vast majority of our officers, staff and volunteers at Sussex Police.”
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