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IPCC refers file on Sussex Police Inspector to the Crown Prosecution Service

Following the completion of its investigation into the actions and behaviour of a Sussex Police Inspector, the IPCC has referred a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Allegations were referred to the IPCC that he had engaged in improper relationships with women in Sussex in the course of his duties.

The Inspector was arrested for misconduct in public office in March 2017 as part of an IPCC investigation known as Operation Nectarine. The officer, based at Brighton police station, was released from bail in May 2017 at the conclusion of his interview under criminal caution.

IPCC Operations Manager Catherine Hall said:

“These are clearly serious allegations that required an independent investigation. We now have evidence to suggest the officer may have committed a criminal offence and therefore have referred a file to the CPS.

“In addition, the investigation has also found the officer has a case to answer for gross misconduct and we will now be in discussion with Sussex Police regarding any disciplinary hearings.”

A referral to the CPS is made when the IPCC investigation indicates that a criminal offence may have been committed. It does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow. The CPS will decide whether charges should be brought, based on the test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Where an investigator’s opinion is that an officer has a case to answer the police force and the IPCC Operations Manager must decide whether to bring disciplinary proceedings.

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