Mike Harrison, Conduct and Performance Lead for Gloucestershire Police Federation, said the staff association noted the panel’s recommendation. The officer received a final written warning.

Mike said:

“PC Holloway has diligently served the public of Gloucestershire for 12 years and this was a momentary lapse in judgement. It is completely out of character and as the hearing heard it was at a time when she was under considerable personal stress and anxiety.

“We are happy that the panel took into account that PC Holloway immediately acknowledged her error to her manager – and it must be highlighted how she self-reported this. To do anything otherwise would have undermined the confidence of colleagues across Gloucestershire Police to admit their mistakes and learn the lessons from them.”

A second allegation against PC Holloway was withdrawn during the hearing.

Mike concluded:

“It remains the view of Gloucestershire Police Federation that sadly thousands of pounds tax payers’ money has been wasted on holding a public hearing on this matter – that could and should have been dealt with at a lower level.”

ENDS

Gloucestershire Police Federation will not be making any further comment.