A West Midlands police officer, known as Birmingham Taxicop on Twitter, has been dismissed from the force after he tried to engage a member of the public in a sexual relationship.
PC Dave Humpherson, aged 41, was dismissed on Monday 18 May, without notice.
On 2 September last year Humpherson, an award-winning officer, who was known for his taxi and private hire enforcement work in Birmingham, met a member of the public by prior arrangement whilst on duty and in uniform to explore the possibility of having a sexual relationship.
A sexualised conversation took place in the member of the public’s car and, while still on duty, the officer sent the member of the public an indecent image.
Humpherson would regularly post on his official Twitter account his taxi and private hire driver enforcement work, making sure the city’s drivers were not breaking any laws.
The hearing was chaired by Chief Constable Dave Thompson who concluded that Humpherson’s actions amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.
Chief Superintendent Stephen Graham, commander at Birmingham West, said: “Humpherson’s behaviour was completely unacceptable and a clear breach of our standards of professional behaviour.
“Serving and protecting the public is paramount and it is vital that our communities have trust and confidence in everything that we do.
“Any officer or staff member that fails to uphold our force values and falls below the high standards we expect will be dealt with accordingly."
Image credit: Flickr - West Midlands Police - (Adapted)