Police officer sacked after bombarding colleague with text messages and “inappropriate” comments

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A police officer who bombarded a colleague with text messages and “inappropriate” comments has been sacked.

Det Insp Kevin Elkins, 50, has been struck off by Thames Valley Police after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

The officer, who had been working in the Force Crime department, was dismissed following a hearing chaired by an assistant chief constable from the force on Thursday (September 4).

It has emerged he bombarded a member of staff with numerous text messages and made comments to them at work.

The victim complained to their superiors who have now found Det Insp Elkins’ actions were “well short of the standard of conduct and behaviour” expected from officers.

Assistant Chief Constable Francis Habgood said the dismissal would stand as a warning to other officers not to break the staff code of conduct.

He said: “The harassment was over a period of time and included text messages and inappropriate comments being made to the complainant.

“It takes a significant amount of courage for people to come forward and make a complaint against someone they work with.

“I hope this will send out a clear message to all at Thames Valley Police that they will be listened to and action will be taken if they witness inappropriate behaviour at work.”

The force refused to comment on the nature of the harassment, how long it lasted or the gender of the victim.

They also refused to comment on where the offender was based in the force but it is believed he formerly worked for Oxford CID.

Thames Valley Police, who cover Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, have said Det Insp Elkins has ten working days to appeal against the decision.