Former police staff investigator sentenced after being found guilty of misconduct in public office
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A former Warwickshire Police staff investigator has today (Monday 4 October) been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of misconduct in public office.
Alan Butler, 64, who worked in Nuneaton CID was sentenced after being convicted of two counts of misconduct in public office in August.
Butler entered into a relationship with a woman in 2015 while he was the lead investigator on a case where she was the victim.
He also attempted to form a relationship with another victim in 2017.
The offences came to light when the victims of Butler’s advances contacted police.
Butler was dismissed from Warwickshire Police in March after a misconduct hearing found he had breached the standards of authority, respect and courtesy, honesty and integrity, and discreditable conduct. This decision is subject to the usual appeals process.
He has also been placed on the College of Policing barred list.
Superintendent Daf Goddard, head of the Warwickshire Police Professional Standards Department, said: “Butler abused his privileged position to exploit these vulnerable women and in doing so, abused trust and let down the public he was meant to be serving.
This behaviour will not be tolerated. I would like to offer my assurances that Warwickshire Police view matters of misconduct extremely seriously; we act immediately on information given, thoroughly investigate and will bring offenders to justice.
We welcome the custodial sentence from the courts that reflects the grave nature of the offence committed.”
Abuse of position for sexual purpose
Police officers and staff who display sexualised behaviour or have improper emotional relationships with a member of the public who they come into contact with through their work undermine the profession. They breach trust, exploit a power imbalance, act unprofessionally, take advantage, breach standards of professional behaviour and they could be committing a criminal act, as was the case with Alan Butler.
The police Code of Ethics states:
“You [officers or staff] must not establish or pursue an improper sexual relationship or emotional relationship with a person with whom you come into contact in the course of your work who may be vulnerable to an abuse of trust or power.”
The force will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and urges anyone with concerns around the inappropriate behaviours of police officers and staff to report it by calling 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.