Dorset police inspector guilty of abusing his position for 'sexual purpose'

Dorset police inspector guilty of abusing his position for 'sexual purpose'

Published by George Sharpe at 6:55pm 29th May 2020. (Updated at 8:20pm 29th May 2020)

A police officer who abused his position for a 'sexual purpose' has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

Former Inspector Billy Bulloch has been placed on the national policing barred list, and would have been dismissed if he had not already resigned.

A gross misconduct hearing, chaired by Chief Constable James Vaughan found Billy Bulloch had breached a number of professional behaviour standards.

A thorough investigation was carried out by Dorset Police's Counter Corruption Unit, a dedicated team who proactively investigate staff who are alleged to have breached standards.

It was found that Billy Bulloch abused his position as a police inspector for a sexual purpose, engaging in sexual activity with members of the public and members of the Force whilst on duty. 

He also pursued others for sexual activity whilst on duty and misled investigators.

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Following the hearing, Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis, Dorset Police's lead for professional standards, said:

"This case demonstrates that we will not hesitate to take action against the tiny minority of officers who fail to maintain the high standards that we set and fall below what is expected of them in terms of professional behaviour.

"The public expect and deserve to have trust and confidence in their police. Former Inspector Bulloch let his colleagues and the public down by his conduct, which represented a fundamental betrayal of the public and the values for which the police service stands. Police officers serve to protect the public and are in significant positions of trust.

"While the vast majority of all members of Dorset Police are highly professional and dedicated, our Counter Corruption Unit will thoroughly investigate concerns in respect of any member of the organisation, who is alleged to have failed to maintain the highest of standards and behaviour, as demonstrated by this case.

"If you suspect a member of the Force is abusing their position, e.g. engaging in or pursuing an emotional or sexual relationship with a victim of crime or a witness or contacting you or someone you know whilst off duty or via personal telephone numbers, then please report your concerns to Dorset Police.

"I can assure all of our communities that any such report of concern will be investigated to ensure the highest professional standards possible."

Reports of concern can be reported to Dorset Police by calling 101 or emailing complaints-misconduct@dorset.pnn.police.uk.

Alternatively members of the public can contact the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) - details of which can be found via their website www.policeconduct.gov.uk or anonymously via the CrimeStoppers charity online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or freephone 0800 555 111.