A Detective Sergeant from South Yorkshire Police has today been dismissed with immediate effect following a public misconduct hearing.
DS Nathan Hoole, 44, had been reported for making inappropriate, unprofessional, and sexualised comments, as well as inappropriately touching colleagues, in the course of his work on a number of dates between January and May 2017.
In the one day hearing, led by an independent legally qualified chair and panel, that concluded this afternoon, (Thursday, 17 May), Mr Hoole’s behaviour was found to have amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.
Mr Hoole had been on restricted duties since the allegations were made in May last year.
Head of the Force’s Professional Standards Department, Detective Superintendent David Barraclough, said: “South Yorkshire Police has a clear policy on the standards of behaviour that is expected from our officers, and the conduct of Nathan Hoole towards his colleagues last year fell incredibly short.
“We expect our officers and staff to be professional and act with integrity at all times, but his actions have shown a clear lack of respect for his colleagues and for the Force.
“His behaviour was completely unacceptable and inexcusable, and we will not condone or tolerate any South Yorkshire Police employee who is offensive and conducts themselves in such a disrespectful manner.
“We fully respect the decision made by the panel that dismissal was the most appropriate outcome in this case.”