A former police constable has had gross misconduct found as proven following the conclusion of a hearing.
A misconduct hearing, which concluded on Friday, 27 September, found that the actions of former PC Hitesh Patel in respect of authority, respect and courtesy; honesty and integrity; confidentiality; and discreditable conduct were proven as gross misconduct.
This followed allegation that in 2016 and 2017, while a serving police officer, PC Patel engaged in a course of conduct by which he sought to establish or pursue an improper or inappropriate sexual or emotional relationship with a female he came into contact with through his work. It is further alleged that he misled a colleague as to how and why he had obtained the same female's contact details and he accessed police indices without a proper policing purpose at that time and later.
PC Patel, previously based within Specialist Crime, resigned from the Metropolitan Police with effect from 15 September 2019.
The hearing found that if he had still been a serving officer, PC Patel would have been dismissed without notice.