Police officer dismissed over sexually inappropriate behaviour

An officer from West Midlands Police has been dismissed for inappropriate sexual behaviour against six colleagues.

Sergeant Bruce Humpston, age 41, pleaded guilty to common assault on 24 January, and was yesterday, (Monday 2 March) dismissed without notice.

Humpston, who was a custody sergeant, made inappropriate sexual comments towards female colleagues and inappropriately touched some, while carrying out their duties. 

The sergeant was suspended while the investigation was carried out, resulting in him being charged with sexual assault by touching. The officer pleaded guilty to an offence of ‘battery’ and received a £450 fine, £45 victim surcharge and £150 costs.

The hearing yesterday, chaired by Chief Constable Dave Thompson, concluded that his actions amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.

Bruce Humpston

Superintendent Jane Bailey, from the Criminal Justice Services, said: “Humpston’s behaviour was completely unacceptable. His actions caused significant distress to the staff who were the subject of his behaviour. 

“He had a duty to create a safe working environment for his staff, but his behaviour made colleagues feel uncomfortable and intimidated.

“We take all reports of this nature extremely seriously and there is no place for officers who sexually harass colleagues and breach our standards of professional behaviour in this manner.

“I hope this outcome provides some comfort to his victims and sends a clear message that harassment and inappropriate conduct from our officers will not be tolerated.” 

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