A former police officer has been sentenced for committing misconduct in a public office.
Darren Bromley, aged 40, of Gloucester Road, Middleton, Manchester, pleaded guilty to three counts of misconduct in a public office.
He was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 15 months custodial sentence for each count to run concurrently, suspended for 2 years, 200 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £2500 in prosecution costs.
Following a complaint made by a member of the public, Greater Manchester Police’s Professional Standards Branch began an investigation into the conduct of PC Bromley.
The investigation established that Bromley, who had 14 years’ service, had targeted three different vulnerable women over a 12 month period whilst on duty.
During that period, Bromley, who worked as a response officer in Manchester at the time, abused his position of trust on a number of occasions by accessing computer records and contacting the women in person / via telephone on numerous occasions, including visiting them at their home addresses.
His reasons for doing so were without legitimate policing reason and not appropriate.
Bromley resigned from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in January 2015, as the investigation into his conduct remained ongoing.
Chief Superintendent Annette Anderson, Head of GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, said: “The overwhelming majority of GMP staff work to the highest standards, helping and supporting members of our community. They often make personal sacrifices to do so and that is because they care about protecting people.
“Darren Bromley criminally abused his position of trust and his inexcusable actions fell well below the expected standards of professional behaviour.
“He let everyone down, both those that the police are there to protect and those who work selflessly to deliver policing across Greater Manchester.
“I would like to give my thanks to the victims in this case for the courage they have shown in support of the investigation.
“Our role is to uphold the law and to protect our communities. It is my hope that the thorough investigation and the outcome in this case sends out a clear message that we will not accept anything but the highest of standards from all of our officers.”