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DC 141 Ian Hampshire appeared at a misconduct hearing between Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 March 2021.
The officer accepted that he failed to conduct sufficient investigations into multiple allegations of rape and/or sexual assault that took place between 11th May and 19th July 2007; he failed to conduct sufficient investigations into allegations of assault, sexual assault and rape(s) that took place overnight from 19th July to the morning of 20th July 2007; he failed to re-interview the complainant about the alleged assault, sexual assault and rape(s) that took place overnight from 19th July 2007 to the morning of 20th July 2007; and he failed to provide any update to the complainant regarding the allegations and progress of the investigation.
This was part of an independent investigation (Operation Linden) undertaken by the IOPC. The investigation involving this officer commenced in 2015 and concluded in 2019.
The Officer has admitted that these were breaches of the professional standards of behaviour in respect of Orders and Instructions, Duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct and that this cumulative conduct constituted gross misconduct. The panel concurred that the cumulative conduct was gross misconduct. The panel, chaired by a legally qualified chair and including a senior police officer and an independent member concluded that taking all of the circumstances into consideration, the most appropriate outcome was a Final Written Warning.