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Police officers dismissed after woman’s bottom slapped and another pinched in Derby

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Two police officers have been dismissed without notice after one was found to have slapped a female colleague’s bottom, and the other pinched a female colleague’s bottom, on a night out in Derby. Special Chief Inspector Andy Whitworth, and former Special Sergeant Gary Sims, were serving with the British Transport Police (BTP) across the Midlands at the time of the offence.

SCI Whitworth was alleged to have pinched a female Special Constable’s bottom, and SPS Sims was alleged to have slapped a female Special Constable’s bottom, while socialising off-duty in the city on the night of October 16 to the early hours of October 17, 2021. The BTP did not disclose where in Derby the incident took place.

Both men were subject to a misconduct hearing at the BTP Force Headquarters in Camden, from Monday, September 5, to Thursday, September 8. After the allegations, amounting to gross misconduct, were found proven, both were dismissed without notice.

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The force said: “They were both called to answer allegations relating to breaches of the standards of professional behaviour namely authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.

“The panel concluded that the allegations were proven and amounted to gross misconduct. SCI Andy Whitworth was dismissed without notice.

“SPS Sims resigned from the force following the incident. Had he still been serving, he would have been dismissed without notice.”

Following the conclusion of the hearing, Detective Superintendent Pete Fulton, head of BTP’s Professional Standards Department, said: “These were two senior officers who abused their positions and subjected two junior colleagues to unwarranted sexualised behaviour on a night out.

“Police officers are expected uphold the law and behave with the utmost integrity whether they are on or off duty, which both Andy Whitworth and Gary Sims failed to do. They do not reflect the values of BTP and I wholeheartedly agree with the decision of the panel to dismiss them both.”

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